SOME REMARKS ON THE SO-CALLED PESSIMISTIC META-INDUCTION
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In the paper an authorship and an idea of the well-known anti-realistic argument from the so-called pessimistic meta-induction are considered. It is ascertained that unlike the widespread belief Larry Laudan is not an author of the argument in question. However, he has noticed many of its essential aspects especially the problem of a historical continuity between changing scientific theories. It seems that rather Hilary Putnam should be regarded as an author of the argument. It is interesting, that a similar idea of the pessimistic meta-induction was already anticipated in a work of Henri Poincaré. The paper finishes with an ascertainment, that scientific realism as a philosophical position has to take into account both the problem of the empirical success of scientific theories and the problem of continuity between them.
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