Whence Ontological Structural Realism?

Publication Year:
2008
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4016
Author(s):
Saatsi, Juha
conference paper description
'Structural realism' is a buzzword in the scientific realism debate. Various positions with diverse motivations fall under this label. A much advertised distinction is between epistemic and ontological forms of structuralism. This paper scrutinizes the alleged dichotomy between these two 'alternatives', and criticises the considerations that have been taken to motivate the ontic variety over the epistemic. I will argue that ontological structural realism is not called for within the traditional realism debate.