Robust Realism for the Life Sciences

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Eronen, Markus
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According to entity realism, we are warranted in believing that some entities studied by science are real, but not that scientific theories are true. In discussions of scientific realism, entity realism is usually quickly dismissed due to serious objections that appear to make it untenable. In this paper, I formulate a new robustness-based version of entity realism, and show that this version has resources to answer the classic objections raised against the original version. I also show that, in contrast to the currently popular (ontic) structural realism, robustness-based entity realism provides a plausible account of realism for the life sciences.