chapter  5
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Induction and Natural Kinds

This chapter aims to examine the relation between method and the truth. Rational scientific inquiry is governed by the rules of scientific method. Adherence to the rules of scientific method warrants the rational acceptance of experimental results and scientific theory. A scientist whose acceptance of a theory or result fails to comply with the rules of method thereby fails to accept the theory or result on a rational basis. The realist conception of truth is a non-epistemic conception of truth, which enforces a sharp divide between truth and rational justification. Internal realism is characterized by an epistemic conception of truth. On such a conception, truth is identified with satisfaction of criteria of epistemic appraisal. The trouble with the sceptical denial of an epistemic connection between method and truth resides in the attempt to combine metaphysical realism with the possibility of a limited epistemic warrant for theories.