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Single Idea 18693

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 4. Anti-realism]

Full Idea

Indeterminacy arguments aim to show that if there is any way to make a theory true, then there are many ways to do so.

Gist of Idea

Indeterminacy arguments say if a theory can be made true, it has multiple versions


Tim Button (The Limits of Reason [2013], 02.1)

Book Reference

Button,Tim: 'The Limits of Realism' [OUP 2013], p.14

A Reaction

Button says the simplest indeterminacy argument is Putnam's Permutation Argument - that you can shuffle the objects in a formal model, without affecting truth. But do we belief that metaphysics can be settled in this sort of way?