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strangely, converted types of the affirmation concept (Carnap and Hempel) and fact approximation conception (Popper) end up to be easily sythesizable. The glue among the 2 seems to be the instrumentalist technique, instead of that of the falsificationalist.
The instrumentalist method, utilized in the separate, comparative assessment of theories by way of their successes and difficulties (hence, whether already falsified), presents in concept and perform the instantly highway to momentary empirical growth in technological know-how ( à la Laudan). it's also argued that such growth is additionally useful for every kind of fact approximation: observational, referential, and theoretical. This sheds new gentle at the long term dynamics of technological know-how and for this reason at the relation among the most epistemological positions, viz., instrumentalism (Toulmin, Laudan), positive empiricism (Van Fraassen), referential realism (Hacking, Cartwright), and concept realism of a non-essentialist nature (constructive realism à la Popper).
Readership: Open minded philosophers and scientists. The booklet explains and justifies the scientist's instinct that the talk between philosophers approximately instrumentalism and realism has virtually no useful consequences.

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