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Epistemic Loops and Measurement Realism

Isaac, Alistair M. C. (2018) Epistemic Loops and Measurement Realism. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Recent philosophy of measurement has emphasized the existence of both diachronic and synchronic “loops,” or feedback processes, in the epistemic achievements of measurement. A widespread response has been to conclude that measurement outcomes do not convey interest-independent facts about the world, and that only a coherentist epistemology of measurement is viable. In contrast, I argue that a form of measurement realism is consistent with these results. The insight is that antecedent structure in measuring spaces constrains our empirical procedures such that successful measurement conveys a limited, but veridical knowledge of “fixed points,” or stable, interest- independent features of the world.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Isaac, Alistair M. C.a.m.c.isaac@ed.ac.uk
Keywords: Measurement, Structural Realism, Coherentism, Precision, Fixed-Point
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Alistair Isaac
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2018 15:09
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2018 15:09
Item ID: 14958
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14958

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