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  1. Alberto Cordero (forthcoming). Explanatory Elucidation and Scientific Realism. Epistemologia.
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  2. Alberto Cordero (2013). Holly Ramona: La Ciencia y El Ideal Contemporáneo de Excelencia. Areté. Revista de Filosofía 11 (1-2):773 - 794.
    According to an old way of thinking, any leve! of problematicity with respect to truth or theory dependence suffices to spoil the objectivity of a proposal. No credible discourse complies with such restrictions. Far from compromising the existence of knowledge, correct and incorrect, rational and nonrational ideas, however. the said old way of thinking is simply incapable of representing the cognitive achievements that we actually have. This paper discusses a contemporary way of approaching the difference between ideas of high and (...)
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  3. Alberto Cordero (2013). Theory-Parts for Scientific Realists. In. In Vassilios Karakostas & Dennis Dieks (eds.), Epsa11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science. Springer. 153--165.
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  4. Alberto Cordero (2012). Diachronic Realism About Successful Theories. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 43:51-66.
    The success of a scientific theory T is not an all-or-nothing matter; nor is a theory something one can usually accept or reject in toto (i.e. one may take T as being "approximately true", or take as true just certain "parts" of it, without necessarily affirming every posit and claim specific to T as being either completely right or completely wrong). This, however, raises questions about precisely which parts of T deserve to be taken as approximately true. on the basis (...)
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  5. Alberto Cordero (2012). Rejected Posits, Realism, and the History of Science. In. In Henk W. de Regt (ed.), Epsa Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009. Springer. 23--32.
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  6. Alberto Cordero (2011). Scientific Realism and the Divide Et Impera Strategy: The Ether Saga Revisited. Philosophy of Science 78 (5):1120-1130.
  7. Alberto Cordero (2010). Philosophy of Science. In Susana Nuccetelli, Ofelia Schutte & Otávio Bueno (eds.), A Companion to Latin American Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
  8. Alberto Cordero, Rejected Posits, Realism, and the History of Science.
    Summary: Responding to Laudan’s skeptical reading of history an influential group of realists claim that the seriously wrong claims past successful theories licensed were not really implicated in the predictions that once singled them out as successful. For example, in the case of Fresnel’s theory of light, it is said that although he appealed to the ether he didn’t actually need to in order to derive his famous experimental predictions—in them, we are assured, the ether concept was “idle,” “inessential,” “peripheral” (...)
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  9. Alberto Cordero (2009). Sobre el mito de que el realismo científico ha muerto. Areté: Revista de Filosofía 21 (2):363-379.
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  10. Alberto Cordero (2008). Diachronic Local Realism About Successful Theories. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 43:67-71.
    A major realist response to Laudan-type historical arguments against scientific realism by seeking to identify parts of a successful scientific theory one can claim to have been "essentially" implicated in the theory’s distinctive success, which they regard as primary candidates for realist truth ascription. But, how is one to determine which parts of any theory are "central" or "peripheral", "essential" or "idle" in the required sense? Attempts at spelling out relevant synchronic links between successful predictions and correct partial theorizing increasingly (...)
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  11. Alberto Cordero (2008). Epistemology and "the Social" in Contemporary Natural Science. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 96 (1):129-142.
    Philosophers of science disagree on the extent to which epistemology transcends the social sphere in mature branches of science. In this paper I suggest a way of vindicating a key aspect of the transcendence thesis without questioning the social nature of science. Such vindication requires epistemological autonomy to prevail along channels having to do with (1) selection of research goals, (2) use of human subjects and public resources in research, (3) social interventions aimed at helping science fulfill its epistemic goals, (...)
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  12. Alberto Cordero (2008). Pluralism, Scientific Values, and the Value of Science. In Evandro Agazzi & Fabio Minazzi (eds.), Science and Ethics: The Axiological Contexts of Science. P.I.E. Peter Lang. 101--114.
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  13. Alberto Cordero (2005). Contemporary Nativism, Scientific Texture, and the Moral Limits of Free Inquiry. Philosophy of Science 72 (5):1220-1231.
    Some thinkers distrust Darwinist explorations of complex human behaviors, particularly investigations into possible differences in valued skills between genders, races or classes. Such projects, it is claimed, tend to have adverse effects on people who are already disadvantaged. A recent argument by Philip Kitcher both clarifies and generalizes this charge to cover a whole genre of scientific projects. In this paper I try to spell out and analyze Kitcher's argument. The argument fails, I suggest, because some of its key premises (...)
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  14. Alberto Cordero (2003). Educación Popular (1943), Causality (1959), Cinemática Del Electrón Relativista (1960), Scientific Research (1967), Philosophy of Physics (1973), The Mind-Body Problem (1980), Philosophy of Psychology (1987, with R. Ardila), the Treatise on Basic Philosophy (Eight Volumes, 1974–1989), Social Science Under Debate: A Philosophical Perspective (1998), The Sociology-Philosophy Connection (1999). [REVIEW] Science and Education 12:599-601.
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  15. Alberto Cordero (2003). Understanding Quantum Physics. Science and Education 12 (5):503-511.
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  16. Alberto Cordero (2001). Physics and the Underdetermination Thesis. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 2001:97-113.
    Although exceptionally successful in the laboratory, the standard version of quantum theory is marred as a realist-objectivist proposition because of its internal conceptual difficulties and its tension with important parts of physics—most conspicuously, relativity theory. So, to meet these challenges, in recent years at least three distinct major objectivist programs have been advanced to further quantum theory into a proper general account of material systems. Unfortunately, the resulting proposals turn out to be, for all practical purposes, empirically equivalent both among (...)
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  17. Alberto Cordero (2001). Realism and Underdetermination: Some Clues From the Practices-Up. Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association 2001 (3):S301-.
    Recent attempts to turn Standard Quantum Theory into a coherent representational system have improved markedly over previous offerings. Important questions about the nature of material systems remain open, however, as current theorizing effectively resolves into a multiplicity of incompatible statements about the nature of physical systems. Specifically, the most cogent proposals to date land in effective empirical equivalence, reviving old anti-realist fears about quantum physics. In this paper such fears are discussed and found unsound. It is argued that nothing of (...)
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  18. Alberto Cordero (2000). Realism and Underdetermination. Philosophy of Science 68.
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  19. Alberto Cordero (1999). Are GRW Tails as Bad as They Say? Philosophy of Science 66 (3):71.
    GRW models of the physical world are criticized in the literature for involving wave function "tails" that allegedly create fatal interpretive problems and even compromise standard arithmetic. I find such objections both unfair and misguided. But not all is well with the GRW approach. One complaint I articulate in this paper does not have to do with tails as such but with the specific way in which past physical structures linger forever in the total GRW wave function. By pushing the (...)
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  20. Alberto Cordero (1999). La Ciencia y El Ideal Contemporáneo de Excelencia. Areté: Revista de Filosofía 11 (1-2):773-794.
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  21. Alberto Cordero (1998). On the Growing Complementarity of Science and Technology. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 4 (2):86-92.
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  22. Alberto Cordero (1997). Arguing for Hidden Realities. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 55:148-165.
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  23. Alberto Cordero (1996). On Science and Scientific Hypotheses. Philosophia Scientiae 1 (S1):105-126.
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  24. Alberto Cordero (1994). Practical Reasoning in the Foundations of Quantum Theory. In. In Dag Prawitz & Dag Westerståhl (eds.), Logic and Philosophy of Science in Uppsala. Kluwer. 439--452.
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  25. Alberto Cordero (1992). Science, Objectivity and Moral Values. Science and Education 1 (1):49-70.
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  26. Evandro Agazzi & Alberto Cordero (eds.) (1991). Philosophy and the Origin and Evolution of the Universe. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  27. Alberto Cordero (1991). Evolutionary Ideas and Contemporary Naturalism. In. In Evandro Agazzi & Alberto Cordero (eds.), Philosophy and the Origin and Evolution of the Universe. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 399--439.
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  28. Alberto Cordero (1990). Interpreting State Reduction From the Practices-Up. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:263 - 275.
    This paper examines some physical sources of the concept of objective state reduction in quantum mechanics. Using case studies from nuclear physics and quantum chemistry, the question of whether one can induce a collapse theory from the practices of scientists working on specific problems is considered. A specific proposal is explored, with emphasis on such features as coherence, testability, unifying power and fertility. It is shown that, contrary to recent suggestions by David Albert, collapse theories are philosophically promising developments (...)
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  29. Alberto Cordero (1989). Observation in Constructive Empiricism: Arbitrary or Incoherent? Crítica 21 (61):75 - 102.
  30. Alberto Cordero (1982). Las ciencias naturales y los valores. Crítica 14 (40):35 - 59.
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