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Structural Realism: Continuity and its Limits

Votsis, Ioannis (2009) Structural Realism: Continuity and its Limits. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Structural realists of nearly all stripes endorse the structural continuity claim. Roughly speaking, this is the claim that the structure of successful scientific theories survives theory change because it has latched on to the structure of the world. In this paper I elaborate, elucidate and modify the structural continuity claim and its associated argument. I do so without presupposing a particular conception of structure that favours this or that kind of structural realism. Instead I focus on how structural realists can best account for the neutrally formulated historical facts. The result, I hope, crystallises some of the shared commitments, desiderata and limits of structural realists.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: structural realism, history of science, correspondence principle, Kuhn loss.
    Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
    General Issues > Theory/Observation
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Depositing User: Ioannis Votsis
    Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5233
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5233

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