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Ontic Structural Realism, Information, and Natural Necessity: Where Naturalism and Analytic Metaphysics Can Find Common Ground

Kallfelz, William Ontic Structural Realism, Information, and Natural Necessity: Where Naturalism and Analytic Metaphysics Can Find Common Ground. [Preprint]

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J. Ladyman (1998-2009), Ladyman and Ross (2007) refine J. Worral's (1998) structural realism (SR), by developing an ontic structural realism (OSR) which they argue is a consistently naturalistic means of characterizing the ontology of fundamental physics. I argue that elements of analytic metaphysics strengthen and refine their project of characterizing fundamental physics via OSR and by extension, their presentation of information-theoretic structural realism (ITSR). I refine this point by situating M. Lange’s (2009) discussion of nomological modality qua natural necessity within Ladyman and Ross’s discussion of ITSR. The logical hierarchy evinced in Lange’s (2009) ‘nomic stability’ further extends and refines Ladyman and Ross’s claims through the addition of nuanced modal distinctions in a systematic framework.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Kallfelz, Williamwkallfelz@gmail.com
Keywords: ontic structural realism, information theory, fundamental physics, nomological modality, nomic stability
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. William Kallfelz
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2013 14:29
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2013 14:29
Item ID: 9814
Journal or Publication Title: N/A
Publisher: N/A
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9814

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