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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: UNSPECIFIED.

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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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Slowik, Edward
Keywords: spacetime, structural realism, structuralism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Edward Slowik
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 2976
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2976

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