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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Scientific Structuralism

Editors: Bokulich, Alisa, Bokulich, Peter (Eds.)

  • Fills a glaring gap in the philosophy of science literature
  • Includes articles on a variety of facets of scientific structuralism, including structural realism, structural empiricism, structural approaches to intertheoretic relations, and structuralism in physics
  • The top contributors in these fields
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Recently there has been a revival of interest in structuralist approaches to science. Taking their lead from scientific structuralists such as Henri Poincaré, Ernst Cassirer, and Bertrand Russell, some contemporary philosophers and scientists have argued that the most fruitful approach to solving many problems in the philosophy of science lies in focusing on the structural features of our scientific theories. Much of the work in scientific structuralism to date has been focused on the problem of scientific realism, where it has been argued that even in cases of radical theory change the most important structural features of predecessor theories are preserved. These structural realists argue that what our most successful theories get right about the world is these abstract structural features, rather than any particular ontological claims. More recently, philosophers of science have adopted structuralist approaches to many other issues in the philosophy of science, such as scientific explanation and intertheory relations. The nine articles collected in this volume, written by the leading researchers in scientific structuralism, represent some of the most important directions of research in this field. This book will be of particular interest to those philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians who are interested in the foundations of science.

Reviews

“The main impression in reading Scientific Structuralism is that the most tenuous theme within the broad family of structuralist approaches is the status of scientific representation. … The book under review is perhaps the best place to get a genuine idea of how intensive the proliferation of approaches to the structural interpretation of science is.” (Dimitri Ginev, Erkenntnis, Vol. 80, 2015)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Structural Realism: A Neo-Kantian Perspective

    Massimi, Michela

    Pages 1-23

  • In Defence of Ontic Structural Realism

    French, Steven (et al.)

    Pages 25-42

  • Structuralist Approaches to Physics: Objects, Models and Modality

    Brading, Katherine

    Pages 43-65

  • Mathematical Structural Realism

    Pincock, Christopher

    Pages 67-79

  • Structural Empiricism, Again

    Bueno, Otávio

    Pages 81-103

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-9597-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-9596-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3398-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scientific Structuralism
Editors
  • Alisa Bokulich
  • Peter Bokulich
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
281
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9597-8
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9597-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9596-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3398-5
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 182
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