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Instrumentalism, science theory: the assumption that theories are useful tools for achieving goals. It is therefore secondary whether these theories are true. When comparing theories, truth ultimately plays the decisive role.
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Hennig Genz on Instrumentalism - Dictionary of Arguments

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Instrumentalism/Genz: the program "Grail" corresponds to the long known instrumentalism.
Instrumentalism/Genz: thesis: one does not need any laws of nature, only correct predictions. Only things that can be observed by people are of interest. Different theories are the same if they lead to the same perceptions.
, cf. >Operationalism.
Reality: the question of one that would be independent of perception is pointless for instrumentalism (and positivism).
>Perception, >Positivism, >Realism.
Positivism: goes beyond that and denies existence to unobservable things.
II 300
Pragmatic theories/physics/Genz: here is the question: can the theory specify a mechanism that leads from cause to effect?
>Causes, >Effects, >Equations.

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The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gz I
H. Genz
Gedankenexperimente Weinheim 1999

Henning Genz
Wie die Naturgesetze Wirklichkeit schaffen. Über Physik und Realität München 2002

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