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Whence Ontological Structural Realism?

Saatsi, Juha (2008) Whence Ontological Structural Realism? In: [2007] EPSA07: 1st Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Madrid, 15-17 November, 2007).

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    Abstract

    'Structural realism' is a buzzword in the scientific realism debate. Various positions with diverse motivations fall under this label. A much advertised distinction is between epistemic and ontological forms of structuralism. This paper scrutinizes the alleged dichotomy between these two 'alternatives', and criticises the considerations that have been taken to motivate the ontic variety over the epistemic. I will argue that ontological structural realism is not called for within the traditional realism debate.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Scientific realism; Structural realism; Ontological structural realism; Metaphysical Underdetermination
    Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] EPSA07: 1st Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Madrid, 15-17 November, 2007)
    Depositing User: Juha Saatsi
    Date Deposited: 11 May 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 4016
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4016

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