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Is Structural Underdetermination Possible?

Lyre, Holger (2009) Is Structural Underdetermination Possible? In: UNSPECIFIED.


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Structural realism is sometimes said to undermine the theory underdetermination (TUD) argument against realism, since, in usual TUD scenarios, the supposed underdetermination concerns the object-like theoretical content but not the structural content. The paper explores the possibility of structural TUD by considering some special cases from modern physics, but also questions the validity of the TUD argument itself. The upshot is that cases of structural TUD cannot be excluded, but that TUD is perhaps not such a terribly serious anti-realistic argument.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Lyre, Holger
Keywords: structural realism, theory underdetermination, theories of gravity, mathematical overdetermination
Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Holger Lyre
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:17
Item ID: 4495

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