Scientific Progress and the Search for Truth
Scientific progress is often understood in terms of increasing recognition of the truth. I argue that teleological conceptions of approaching "the truth about nature" are inadequate, and that scientific progress should be understood in terms of problem-solving. Pragmatic progress consists in resolving the problems that arise and in overcoming limitations. The account I favor builds on the ideas about truth advanced by Peirce and James, and it recognizes scientific inquiry as inevitably pervaded by a wide range of value judgments.
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