Speaker: Dr Michela Massimi # Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
19th Jan 2015
15:30 - 17:00
Room 1.06, Old Surgeons' Hall, High School Yards
In this paper, I assess recent claims in philosophy of science about scientific perspectivism being compatible with realism. I clarify the rationale for scientific perspectivism and the problems and challenges that perspectivism faces in delivering a form of realism. In particular, I concentrate my attention on truth, and on three ways in which truth can be understood and, has indeed been understood in perspectival terms. I offer a cost-benefit analysis of each of them and conclude that none can deliver on the promise of realism.