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Theory–data interaction from the standpoint of scientific realism: a reaction to bostrom

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This author is in general agreement with the arguments in Bostrom's (2003) essay concerning theory–data interaction. Nevertheless, an examination of the issues raised in the essay from the standpoint of scientific realism lead to two different conclusions. First, the opening rationale is based on a nondefensible distinction between empiricists and interpretivists. Second, debates among paradigms are based on real ontological and epistemological differences, and the scientific realist's view of theory–data interaction accepts the validity of these differences.

Keywords: Empiricism; Interpretivism; Perspectivism; Philosophy of science; Scientific realism

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2004-09-01

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