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Spacetime and Structure: Structural Realism, Neo-Kantianism Idealism, or Relativized A Priorism?

Slowik, Edward (2006) Spacetime and Structure: Structural Realism, Neo-Kantianism Idealism, or Relativized A Priorism? In: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers.

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    The essay examines the relationship, within spacetime theories, between contemporary structural realism, Cassirer’s neo-Kantian structuralism, and Friedman’s defense of the relativized a priori. Despite Friedman’s claim that the relativized a priori can explain the progress of science, by using invariant theoretical elements/structures, our investigation will demonstrate that his theory cannot make this guarantee, nor may Cassirer’s earlier theory. However, as will be argued, the main content of both Cassirer’s and Friedman’s theories can be retained within an epistemic version of structural realism, thereby securing an account of scientific progress.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: spacetime, structural realism, structuralism
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Edward Slowik
    Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 2976
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2976

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