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Scientific Perspectivism and the Methodology of Modern Mathematical Physics

Stemeroff, Noah (2021) Scientific Perspectivism and the Methodology of Modern Mathematical Physics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Perspectival realists often appeal to the methodology of science to secure a realist account of the retention and continued success of scientific claims through the progress of science (e.g. Massimi, 2016). However, in the context of modern physics, the retention and continued success of scientific claims is typically only definable within a mathematical framework. In this paper, I argue that this concern leaves the perspectivist open to Cassirer's (1910) neo-Kantian critique of the applicability of mathematics in the natural sciences. To support this criticism, I present a case study on the conservation of energy in modern physics.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Stemeroff, Noahnstemeroff@gmail.com
Keywords: Philosophy of Physics; Scientific Realism; Perspectivism; Applicability of Mathematics; neo-Kantian Philosophy of Science
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Noah Stemeroff
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 17:08
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 17:08
Item ID: 19177
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 20 April 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19177

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