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Pure Process Realism: The Unification of Realism and Empiricism

Penn, William (2023) Pure Process Realism: The Unification of Realism and Empiricism.

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Abstract

I describe the key features of pure process realism—realism about the processes that are identified by experimental dynamics structured by scientific models—showing that the view meets criteria for scientific realism. I argue that process. realism resolves many of the worries of the antirealist, including the problems of idealization, underdetermination, contextuality, multiplicity, and the pessimistic meta-induction. I show this resolution in the context of a contentious model from physics: the Bohr model of the atom. I then generalize from this discussion to a collection of upshots and constraints on process realism as a view, in order to further distinguish it from orthodox, substance paradigmatic- or thing-realism. Finally, these constraints suggest the trajectory of the program for process realism going forward. Therefore, pure process realism is shown to be a form of realism compatible with empiricism.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Penn, Williampennwilliam42@gmail.com0000-0002-6276-5119
Keywords: Process, Realism, Physics, Empiricism, Models,
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr. W. P.
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2023 20:52
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 14:59
Item ID: 22633
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 5 October 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22633

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