The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science

Structural Realism

Structure, Object, and Causality

Editors: Landry, Elaine, Rickles, Dean (Eds.)

  • Features contributions from the foremost authorities on structural realism
  • Tackles the difficult problem of defining causation, modality, and laws in structural realism
  • Includes the latest research on the integration of mathematical structuralism and structural realism
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Structural realism has rapidly gained in popularity in recent years, but it has splintered into many distinct denominations, often underpinned by diverse motivations. There is, no monolithic position known as ‘structural realism,’ but there is a general convergence on the idea that a central role is to be played by relational aspects over object-based aspects of ontology. What becomes of causality in a world without fundamental objects? In this book, the foremost authorities on structural realism attempt to answer this and related questions: ‘what is structure?’ and ‘what is an object?’ Also featured are the most recent advances in structural realism, including the intersection of mathematical structuralism and structural realism, and the latest treatments of laws and modality in the context of structural realism. The book will be of interest to philosophers of science, philosophers of physics, metaphysicians, and those interested in foundational aspects of science.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Presentation of Objects and the Representation of Structure

    French, Steven

    Pages 3-28

  • Methodological Structural Realism

    Landry, Elaine M.

    Pages 29-57

  • How Not to Be a Realist

    Votsis, Ioannis

    Pages 59-76

  • Miracles and Structural Realism

    Worrall, John

    Pages 77-95

  • Underdetermination as a Path to Structural Realism

    Brading, Katherine (et al.)

    Pages 99-115

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9855-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Structural Realism
Book Subtitle
Structure, Object, and Causality
Editors
  • Elaine Landry
  • Dean Rickles
Series Title
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
77
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2579-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2579-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2578-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9855-7
Series ISSN
1566-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 212
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