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Structure: its shadow and substance

van Fraassen, Bas C. (1999) Structure: its shadow and substance. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    On December 9, 1908 Max Planck addressed the Student Corps of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Leiden. His announced topic was <I> The Unity of the Physical World-Picture </I>, but the real intent was a polemic against a whole bevy of famous scientists who had turned against realism in the past fifty years. The debate concerning how science represents nature, and specifically whether it represents more than solely structural aspects of the phenomena, had begun earlier in the 19th century, and would continue for the remainder of the 20th I will discuss both the scientific motivations and the philosophical reactions, including scientific realism and the new Structural Realism, as well as offer an empiricist structuralist view as alternative.


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    Item Type: Other
    Keywords: structuralism, structural realism, scientific realism, constructive empiricism, representation
    Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    General Issues > Structure of Theories
    General Issues > Theory Change
    Depositing User: Bas C. van Fraassen
    Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2002
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 631
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/631

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