Realism about What? Unobservable Entities and the Metaphysics of Modality

Bruno Borge

Abstract


Most philosophers who advocate Scientific Realism (SR) endorse also Modal Realism (MR), i.e., assume commitments with objective modality. However, the precise relationship between these positions has been scarcely explored. In this paper I argue that there is an indirect implication from SR to MR. Although the basic thesis of SR does not imply MR, both the main argument for SR and the best realist theory of reference do imply modal commitments.

Keywords: Scientific Realism, Modal Realism, Modality, No-Miracle Argument, Causal Descriptivism.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4013/fsu.2016.171.09



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