Can van Fraassen's anti-realism give an account of novel predictions of unexpected phenomena?

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Bacelar Valente, Mario
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In this paper it will be addressed the possibility of an account of novel predictions of unexpected phenomena by physical theories within van Fraassen's anti-realism. In particular it will be considered two important cases in modern physics, the prediction of the bending of light in Einstein's theory of gravity, and the prediction of antimatter in quantum electrodynamics. It will be defended that van Fraassen's anti-realism does not seem to enable an account of novel predictions.