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Realism and Its Representational Vehicles

French, Steven (2015) Realism and Its Representational Vehicles. [Preprint]

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In this essay I focus on the adoption of the Semantic Approach by structural realists, including myself, who have done so on the grounds that it wears its structuralist sympathies on its sleeve (Ladyman 1998). Despite this, the SA has been identified as standing in tension with the ontological commitments of the so-called ‘ontic’ form of this view and so I plan to explore that tension before discussing the usefulness of the SA in framing scientific representation before concluding with a discussion of the implications of the ontological status of theories and models themselves.


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Item Type: Preprint
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French, Stevens.r.d.french@leeds.ac.uk
Keywords: structural realism; semantic approach; models; fictions; eliminativism
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Professor Steven French
Date Deposited: 24 May 2015 16:21
Last Modified: 24 May 2015 16:21
Item ID: 11473
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: May 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11473

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