David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 34 (2):227-259 (2003)
Although Eddington's philosophy of physics has been subjected to critical re-evaluation in recent years, neither the exact nature of his structuralist views nor his response to criticism by the likes of Braithwaite have been made clear. In this paper I trace, in particular, the incorporation into Eddington's structuralism of the non-classical indistinguishability of quantum objects. His metaphysical view of such objects as the product of group-theoretical analysis is crucial for understanding his response to Braithwaite's criticisms of the whole structuralist endeavor. These criticisms closely resemble more recent attacks on structural realism in the philosophy of science. I conclude with a brief comparison between these more modern forms of structuralism and Eddington's.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Roman Frigg & Ioannis Votsis (2011). Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Structural Realism but Were Afraid to Ask. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (2):227-276.
Steven French (2011). Shifting to Structures in Physics and Biology: A Prophylactic for Promiscuous Realism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 42 (2):164-173.
Matteo Morganti (2011). Is There a Compelling Argument for Ontic Structural Realism? Philosophy of Science 78 (5):1165-1176.
Don Howard, Bas van Fraassen, Otávio Bueno, Elena Castellani, Laura Crosilla, Steven French & Décio Krause (2011). The Physics and Metaphysics of Identity and Individuality. Metascience 20 (2):225-251.
Luciano Floridi (2007). A Defence of Informational Structural Realism. Synthese 161 (2):219 - 253.
Similar books and articles
Jukka Keränen (2001). The Identity Problem for Realist Structuralism. Philosophia Mathematica 9 (3):308--30.
Graham Solomon (1989). An Addendum to Demopoulos and Friedman (1985). Philosophy of Science 56 (3):497-501.
Anjan Chakravartty (2003). The Structuralist Conception of Objects. Philosophy of Science 70 (5):867-878.
Charles Parsons (2004). Structuralism and Metaphysics. Philosophical Quarterly 54 (214):56--77.
C. W. Kilmister (1994/2005). Eddington's Search for a Fundamental Theory: A Key to the Universe. Cambridge University Press.
Jacob Rump (2012). Levi-Strauss, Barthes, and the "Structuralist Activity" of Sartre's Dialectical Reason. Sartre Studies International 17 (2):1-15.
Stephan Körner (1971). Abstraction in Science and Morals: The Twenty-Fourth Arthur Stanley Eddington Memorial Lecture Delivered at Cambridge University, 2 February 1971. London,Cambridge University Press.
Ivahn Smadja (2010). Tuning Up Mind's Pattern to Nature's Own Idea: Eddington's Early Twenties Case for Variational Derivatives. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 41 (2):128-145.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads26 ( #71,426 of 1,101,947 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #68,246 of 1,101,947 )
How can I increase my downloads?