A critical analysis of structural realism

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (2):294-306 (2008)
The epistemological version of structural realism, proposed by Cao Tianyu, has great influence in the philosophy of science. Syntheses has published a special volume discussing the topic. Cao criticizes anti-realism, as well as the epistemic and ontic versions of structural realism. From the concepts of structure, ontology, and construction, he analyzes the objectivity of scientific theories as having five aspects: construction, historicity, holism, revision, and revolution. This paper systematically analyzes and comments on Cao's structural realism. The author agrees with his criticism of the under-determination thesis, is neutral to his argument against ontological discontinuity, and questions his universal language argument.
Keywords structural realism  structure  ontology  construction  结构实在论  结构  本体  建构
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DOI 10.1007/s11466-008-0019-5
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