Springer, Dordrecht


182 Pages

ISBN 978-90-481-9596-1

Boston studies in the philosophy of science
vol. 281

Scientific structuralism

Edited by

Alisa Bokulich, Peter Bokulich

Recently there has been a revival of interest in structuralist approaches to science. Taking their lead from scientific structuralists such as Henri Poincaré, Ernst Cassirer, and Bertrand Russell, some contemporary philosophers and scientists have argued that the most fruitful approach to solving many problems in the philosophy of science lies in focusing on the structural features of our scientific theories. Much of the work in scientific structuralism to date has been focused on the problem of scientific realism,where it has been argued that even in cases of radical theory change the most important structural features of predecessor theories are preserved. These structural realists argue that what our most successful theories get right about the world is these abstract structural features, rather than any particular ontological claims. More recently, philosophers of science have adopted structuralist approaches to many other issues in the philosophy of science, such as scientific explanation and intertheory relations. The nine articles collected in this volume, written by the leading researchers in scientific structuralism, represent some of the most important directions of research in this field. This book will be of particular interest to those philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians who are interested in the foundations of science.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9597-8

Full citation:

Bokulich, A. , Bokulich, P. (eds) (2011). Scientific structuralism, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents

Structural realism

Massimi Michela


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In defence of ontic structural realism

French Steven; Ladyman James


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Structuralist approaches to physics

Brading Katherine


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Mathematical structural realism

Pincock Christopher


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Structural empiricism, again

Bueno Otávio


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Structural realism

Votsis Ioannis


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Structuralism about scientific representation

Thomson-Jones Martin


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Scientific explanation and scientific structuralism

Dorato Mauro; Felline Laura


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