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“The Owls Are Not What They Seem”: An Unlooked-for Revelation of Contemporary Science

Author(s): Angel S. Stefanov
Subject(s): Philosophy, Epistemology, Special Branches of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: naïve realism; epistemological surprise; progressive growth of scientific knowledge;

Summary/Abstract: The title phrase “The Owls Are Not What They Seem”, taken from the TV series Twin Peaks, is a motivating metaphor for reflections concerning the fact that contemporary non-classical science often provides us with what I call an epistemological surprise. The main lesson contained in this surprise is that things which we know from our centuries-long experience are in fact not what they appear to be. For the purpose, I discuss the misleading role of naïve philosophical realism lying in the background of the growth of contemporary scientific knowledge.

  • Issue Year: XXVIII/2019
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 5-13
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English, Bulgarian