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The Structure, the Whole Structure and Nothing but the Structure?

Psillos, Stathis (2004) The Structure, the Whole Structure and Nothing but the Structure? In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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This paper takes issue with Ontic Structural Realism (OSR). It is structured around the three elements of the title. Section 2 highlights a substantive non-structural assumption that needs to be in place before we can talk about the structure. Then, by drawing on some relevant issues concerning mathematical structuralism, it claims that (a) structures need objects and (b) scientific structuralism should focus on in re structures. But then pure structuralism is undermined. Section 3 discusses whether the world has ‘excess structure’ over the structure of appearances. The main point is: the claim that only structure can be known is false. Finally, section 4 argues directly against ORS that it lacks the resources to accommodate causation within the structuralist slogan that “all that there is, is structure”.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Psillos, Stathis
Keywords: structuralism; causation; structural realism
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Stathis Psillos
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2068
Public Domain: Yes
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2004

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