Kostas Stergiopoulos: Scientific Method and Abductive Defence of Scientific Realism

This paper argues that the methodological version of the "inference to the best explanation" argument of Boyd and Psillos, is either ineffective or problematic. The fact that “scientific methodology is almost linearly dependent on accepted background theories” cannot provide, on the basis of the truth of the subject theory, a good explanation of the diachronic success of science without violating history of science.