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Realism/Hacking: I m a realist - I believe that there are electrons because we can "spray" them (experiment).
Theory realism/Russell/Hacking: has shown that theoretical entities can be mere logical constructions -. e.g. quarks are shorthand for a complex expression - ((s) do not to exist seperately.
Theory realism: theories are independent of our knowledge t/f - anti-realism: theories are at best justified, but never believable.
There are electrons not because they are the building blocks, but because they stand in certain causal chains - building blocks do not explain anything.
Realism/Hacking: all the problems with realism only arise because we have alternate representation systems.
Einführung in die Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften Stuttgart 1996