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Boyd, R                                               "Realism, Underdetermination and a Causal Theory of

                                                            Evidence" Nous 7 (1973).

 

                                                            “Realism, Approximate Truth and Philosophical Method” in Papineau.

 

Boyd, R, Gasper, P & Trout, JD           The Philosophy of Science (MIT 1991), esp papers by

                                                            Boyd, Laudan, Hacking, Fine, van Fraassen.

 

Brown, JR                                            "Smoke and Mirrors (Routledge 1994)

 

Fine,A                                                  "Unnatural Attitudes: Realist and Instrumentalist

                                                            Attachments to Science" Mind XCV (1986).

 

                                                            "The Natural Ontological Attitude" in Leplin (1984)

                                                            Boyd, Gasper & Trout (1991), and Papineau (1996)

 

                                                            “Piecemeal Realism” Philosophical Studies 61 (1991), 79-96

 

                                                            The Shaky Game

 

Churchland, PM &                               Images of Science (Chicago: Chicago University Press,

Hooker, C (eds)                                   1985), esp papers by Churchland, Ellis, Boyd and also van Fraassen's replies.

 

Giere, RN                                            Explaining Science (Chicago University Press 1988), esp Ch 4,5.

 

Horwich, P                                           "Three Forms of Realism" Synthese 51 (1982).

 

Jones, R                                               ‘Realism About What?’ Philosophy of Science 58 (1991), 185-202

 

Laudan, L                                             "The Refutation of Convergent Realism" Philosophy of Science 48 (1981), pp. 19-48. Reprinted in Boyd, Gasper & Trout, and Laudan's Science and Values and in Papineau

 

Leplin, J (ed)                                        Realism (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984). See especially papers by McMullin, Boyd, Fine, Leplin, Laudan).

 

                                                            A Novel Defence of Scientific Realism

 

McMullin, E                                         "The Goals of Natural Science" in Proceedings of the

                                                            American Philosophical Association 58 (1984).

 

Miller, R                                               Fact and Method

 

Musgrave, A                                        ‘Noah’s Ark - Fine for Realism’ Philosophical Quarterly 39 (1989) 383-398.  Reprinted in Papineau

 

Newton-Smith, WH                             The Rationality of Science (London: Routledge, 1981),

                                                            esp Ch 2, 8.

 

                                                            “Modest Realism” in A Fine and J Leplin (eds.) PSA 1988 2 (1989), 179-189

 

Putnum, H                                            “Three Kinds of Scientific Realism” Philosophical Quarterly 32 (1982), 195-200

 

Salmon  et. al.                                       Introdution to the Philosophy of Science (Prentice Hall

                                                            1992), Ch 3.

 

Van Fraassen, B                                   The Scientific Image (OUP, 1980), esp Ch 1.

 

Worrall, J                                             “Structural Realism” Dialectica 43 (1989), 99-124.  Reprinted in Papineau.

 

 

 

 

Does Realism Have Any Explanatory Power?

 

What, If Anything, Would Resolve The Issue At Stake Between The Realist

And The Instrumentalist?

 

Is Instrumentalism More Plausible For Some Areas Of Science Than Others?