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In any case, the correct response to the Martian scenario, surely, should be a deep humility. Lacking any neutral method of adjudicating disagreements, we should instead say that we simply do not as yet know which of us is actually right. Maybe we never will. There certainly does seem to be something a bit odd with the idea that our perspective is just the ‘right’ one, and theirs the ‘wrong’ one; so why should we want say it at all – even with reduced assertoric force? 30 Aiming at Truth Moreover, there is certainly room for humility here.

Attitudereduction can resolve this problem, and it is unclear what else can. We might still wonder, however, whether this is a problem that even ought to be resolved. Thomas Nagel (1986), for example, agrees that there may be many different perspectives on the world, but insists that there is still a ‘view from nowhere’, an ultimately objective point of view. Perhaps we shall never fully attain it, but this should not stop us from trying. In any case, the correct response to the Martian scenario, surely, should be a deep humility.

We may begin with van Fraassen’s ‘constructive empiricist’ view that scientific theories are not proper objects of belief. By this it is not meant that theoretical statements are not properly truth-apt, but rather that it is no concern of science whether they really are true or not. 20 His main argument for this 22 Aiming at Truth (briefly outlined) stems from Quine’s thesis of the underdetermination of theories by data (UTD). Given any theory, we may find indefinitely many empirically equivalent alternatives which are logically incompatible with it.

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