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  1. S. French & H. Kamminga, On Correspondence.
    Fifteen essays are contained in this collection, all relating to Heinz Posts articleCorrespondence, Invariance and Heuristics’ (Post, 1971), also reprinted. In this article, written in (...)the heyday of the post-positivist movement, Post aims to convince his fellowphilosophers of science to bring the issue of heuristics back to the philosophical stage. Examining a wealth of theories and models from the physics and chemistry of the last 300 years, Post extracts several strategies of theory construction of which he considers the General Correspondence Principle to be the most important. According to this principle, any acceptable newtheory should explain the well-confirmed part of its predecessor. Later Post states the General Correspondence Principle more precisely and uses it with what he considers its de facto validity to argue against incommensurability, Kuhn-losses,1 and relativism. Post himself seems to support (but does not explicitly advocate) a kind of convergent realism which is most notably expressed in his credo that science progresses linearly. (shrink)
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  2. Steven French (2014). The Structure of the World: Metaphysics and Representation. Oup Oxford.
    Steven French articulates and defends the bold claim that there are no objects in the world. He draws on metaphysics and philosophy of science to argue for structural realism--the position that we live in a world of structures--and defends a form of eliminativism about objects that sets laws and symmetry principles at the heart of ontology.
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  3. Steven French (2013). Eschewing Entities: Outlining a Biology Based Form of Structural Realism. In Vassilios Karakostas & Dennis Dieks (eds.), Epsa11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science. Springer. 371--381.
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  4. Steven French (2013). Semi-Realism, Sociability and Structure. Erkenntnis 78 (1):1 - 18.
    Semi-realism offers a metaphysics of science based on causal properties. Insofar as these are understood in terms of dispositions for specific relations that comprise the concrete structure of the world it can be regarded as a form of structural realism. And insofar as these properties are 'sociable' and cohere into the groupings that comprise the particulars investigated by science, it captures the underlying intuition behind forms of entity realism. However, I shall raise concerns about both these features. I shall suggest (...)
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  5. Steven French & Michela Massimi (2013). Philosophy of Science A Personal Peek Into the Future. Metaphilosophy 44 (3):230-240.
    In this opinion piece, the authors offer their personal and idiosyncratic views of the future of the philosophy of science, focusing on its relationship with the history of science and metaphysics, respectively. With regard to the former, they suggest that the Kantian tradition might be drawn upon both to render the history and philosophy of science more relevant to philosophy as a whole and to overcome the challenges posed by naturalism. When it comes to the latter, they suggest both that (...)
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  6. O. Bueno & S. French (2012). Can Mathematics Explain Physical Phenomena? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 63 (1):85-113.
    Batterman ([2010]) raises a number of concerns for the inferential conception of the applicability of mathematics advocated by Bueno and Colyvan ([2011]). Here, we distinguish the various concerns, and indicate how they can be assuaged by paying attention to the nature of the mappings involved and emphasizing the significance of interpretation in this context. We also indicate how this conception can accommodate the examples that Batterman draws upon in his critique. Our conclusion is that ‘asymptotic reasoning’ can be straightforwardly accommodated (...)
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  7. Otávio Bueno, Steven French & James Ladyman (2012). Empirical Factors and Structure Transference: Returning to the London Account. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 43 (2):95-104.
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  8. Otávio Bueno, Steven French & James Ladyman (2012). Models and Structures: Phenomenological and Partial. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 43 (1):43-46.
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  9. Shannon E. French (2012). No Separate Sphere. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 19 (2):50-60.
    This paper addresses the concern that despite centuries of analysis of jus ad helium and jus in hello, the pernicious view persists that war is a separate and amoral sphere: "C'est la guerre!" In fact, there are and must be rules for armed conflicts, and foul offenses such as rape and murder are not excused by war. What individuals do beyond the bounds of jus in hello reveals and affects their character as much as actions taken in more peaceful contexts. (...)
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  10. Steven French (2012). A Brazilian Perspective on Philosophy and History of Science. Metascience 21 (3):723-725.
    A Brazilian perspective on philosophy and history of science Content Type Journal Article Category Book Review Pages 1-3 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9635-0 Authors Steven French, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT UK Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  11. Steven French (2012). Book Notice. [REVIEW] Metascience 21 (1):247-247.
    Book notice Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-1 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9591-8 Authors Steven French, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT UK Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  12. Steven French (2012). Unitary Inequivalence as a Problem for Structural Realism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 43 (2):121-136.
    Howard argues that the existence of unitarily inequivalent representations in Quantum Field Theory presents a problem for structural realism in this context. I consider two potential ways round this problem: 1), follow Wallace in adopting the 'naive' Lagrangian form of QFT with cut-offs; 2), adapt Ruetsche's 'Swiss Army Knife' approach. The first takes us into the current debate between Wallace and Fraser on conventional vs. algebraic QFT. The second involves consideration of the role of inequivalent representations in understanding spontaneous symmetry (...)
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  13. Steven French & Kerry McKenzie (2012). Thinking Outside the Toolbox: Towards a More Productive Engagement Between Metaphysics and Philosophy of Physics. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 8 (1):42-59.
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  14. Otavio Bueno & Steven French (2011). How Theories Represent. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 62 (4):857-894.
    An account of scientific representation in terms of partial structures and partial morphisms is further developed. It is argued that the account addresses a variety of difficulties and challenges that have recently been raised against such formal accounts of representation. This allows some useful parallels between representation in science and art to be drawn, particularly with regard to apparently inconsistent representations. These parallels suggest that a unitary account of scientific and artistic representation is possible, and our article can be viewed (...)
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  15. Alice H. Eagly, Janie Harden Fritz, Tamara L. Burke, Ned S. Laff, Erin L. Payseur, Diane A. Forbes Berthoud, Sheri A. Whalen, Amy C. Branam, Nathalie Duval-Couetil, Rebecca L. Dohrman, Jenna Stephenson, Melissa Wood Alemá, Jennifer A. Malkowski, Cara Jacocks, Tracey Quigley Holden & Sandra L. French (2011). Communicative Understandings of Women's Leadership Development: From Ceilings of Glass to Labyrinth Paths. Lexington Books.
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  16. S. French (2011). Emily R. Grosholz * Representation and Productive Ambiguity in Mathematics and the Sciences. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 62 (4):895-898.
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  17. S. French & P. Vickers (2011). Are There No Things That Are Scientific Theories? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 62 (4):771-804.
    The ontological status of theories themselves has recently re-emerged as a live topic in the philosophy of science. We consider whether a recent approach within the philosophy of art can shed some light on this issue. For many years philosophers of aesthetics have debated a paradox in the (meta)ontology of musical works (e.g. Levinson [1980]). Taken individually, there are good reasons to accept each of the following three propositions: (i) musical works are created; (ii) musical works are abstract objects; (iii) (...)
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  18. S. French & P. Vickers (2011). Are There No Such Things as Theories. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 62.
     
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  19. Shannon E. French (2011). Partly Cloudy: Ethics in War, Espionage, Covert Action, and Interrogation. Journal of Military Ethics 10 (1):74-76.
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  20. Steven French (2011). Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology – Terence Horgan and Matjaž Potrč. [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 61 (242):201-202.
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  21. Steven French (2011). Metaphysical Underdetermination: Why Worry? Synthese 180 (2):205 - 221.
    Various forms of underdetermination that might threaten the realist stance are examined. That which holds between different 'formulations' of a theory (such as the Hamiltonian and Lagrangian formulations of classical mechanics) is considered in some detail, as is the 'metaphysical' underdetermination invoked to support 'ontic structural realism'. The problematic roles of heuristic fruitfulness and surplus structure in attempts to break these forms of underdetermination are discussed and an approach emphasizing the relevant structural commonalities is defended.
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  22. Steven French (2011). Partial Structures and the Logic of Azande. Principia 15 (1):77-105.
    Em Science and Partial Truth (da Costa and French 2003) argumentamos que inconsistências no raciocínio científico podem ser acomodadas pela combinação de estruturas parciais e quase-verdade, junto com uma noção de ‘crença representacional’. Neste artigo, examino se isso pode ser estendido aos raciocínios e crenças de outras culturas, focando em particular nas crenças de feitiçaria dos Azande. Argumento que tais crenças são similares às crenças teóricas da ciência ocidental, mas que o modo mais apropriado de representar esta última — e (...)
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  23. 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.
    Within the philosophy of science, the realism debate has been revitalised by the development of forms of structural realism. These urge a shift in focus from the object oriented ontologies that come and go through the history of science to the structures that remain through theory change. Such views have typically been elaborated in the context of theories of physics and are motivated by, first of all, the presence within such theories of mathematical equations that allow straightforward representation of the (...)
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  24. Steven French (2011). The Law-Governed Universe – John T. Roberts. Philosophical Quarterly 61 (245):872-873.
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  25. Steven French (2011). Welcome to the Jumble. Metascience 20 (3):543-548.
    Welcome to the jumble Content Type Journal Article DOI 10.1007/s11016-010-9496-y Authors Steven French, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT UK Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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  26. Steven French & James Ladyman (2011). In Defence of Ontic Structural Realism. In Alisa Bokulich & Peter Bokulich (eds.), Scientific Structuralism. Springer Science+Business Media. 25--42.
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  27. Steven French & Juha Saatsi (eds.) (2011). Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science. Continuum.
    A one volume reference guide To The latest research in Philosophy of Science, written by an international team of leading scholars in the field.
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  28. Steven French & Juha Saatsi (2011). Travelling in New Directions. In Steven French & Juha Saatsi (eds.), Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science. Continuum. 337.
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  29. 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.
    The physics and metaphysics of identity and individuality Content Type Journal Article DOI 10.1007/s11016-010-9463-7 Authors Don Howard, Department of Philosophy and Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA Bas C. van Fraassen, Philosophy Department, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA Otávio Bueno, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124, USA Elena Castellani, Department of Philosophy, University of Florence, Via Bolognese 52, 50139 (...)
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  30. S. French (2010). The Theoretical Practices of Physics: Philosophical Essays * By R.I.G. HUGHES. Analysis 70 (3):601-603.
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  31. Steven French (2010). H. Weyl,; Edited and with an Introduction by P. Pesic; Princeton: Princeton University Press, Pp. 261,£ 19.95 HB. Metascience 19 (1):159-160.
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  32. Steven French (2010). H. Weyl, Mind and Nature: Selected Writings on Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics; Edited and with an Introduction by P. Pesic; Princeton: Princeton University Press, Pp. 261, £19.95 HB. [REVIEW] Metascience 19 (1):159-160.
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  33. Steven French (2010). Keeping Quiet on the Ontology of Models. Synthese 172 (2):231 - 249.
    Stein once urged us not to confuse the means of representation with that which is being represented. Yet that is precisely what philosophers of science appear to have done at the meta-level when it comes to representing the practice of science. Proponents of the so-called ‘syntactic’ view identify theories as logically closed sets of sentences or propositions and models as idealised interpretations, or ‘theoruncula, as Braithwaite called them. Adherents of the ‘semantic’ approach, on the other hand, are typically characterised as (...)
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  34. Steven French (2010). M. Polanyi, The Tacit Dimension, with Foreword by Amartya Sen; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009, Pp. Xix + 108, US$16.00 £11.00 PB. [REVIEW] Metascience 19 (1):157-158.
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  35. Steven French (2010). The Interdependence of Objects, Structure, and Dependence. Synthese 175:89-109.
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  36. Steven French (2010). The Interdependence of Structure, Objects and Dependence. Synthese 175 (S1):89 - 109.
    According to 'Ontic Structural Realism' (OSR), physical objects—qua metaphysical entities—should be reconceptualised, or, more strongly, eliminated in favour of the relevant structures. In this paper I shall attempt to articulate the relationship between these putative objects and structures in terms of certain accounts of metaphysical dependence currently available. This will allow me to articulate the differences between the different forms of OSR and to argue in favour of the 'eliminativist' version. A useful context is provided by Floridi's account of the (...)
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  37. Steven French & Décio Krause (2010). Remarks on the Theory of Quasi-Sets. Studia Logica 95 (1/2):101 - 124.
    Quasi-set theory has been proposed as a means of handling collections of indiscernible objects. Although the most direct application of the theory is quantum physics, it can be seen per se as a non-classical logic (a non-reflexive logic). In this paper we revise and correct some aspects of quasi-set theory as presented in [12], so as to avoid some misunderstandings and possible misinterpretations about the results achieved by the theory. Some further ideas with regard to quantum field theory are also (...)
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  38. Shannon French (2009). Sergeant Davis's Stern Charge: The Obligation of Officers to Preserve the Humanity of Their Troops. Journal of Military Ethics 8 (2):116-126.
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  39. Steven French (2009). Erratum. Metascience 18 (1):169-177.
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  40. Steven French (2009). Falkenburg Brigitte, Particle Metaphysics: A Critical Account of Subatomic Reality , Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg/New York (2007) Pp. Xvii+386. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 40 (2):194-195.
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  41. Steven French (2009). Journals Under Threat: A Joint Response From HSTM Editors. [REVIEW] Metascience 18 (1):1-4.
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  42. Steven French, Identity and Individuality in Quantum Theory. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  43. Steven French (2008). More Worry and Less Love? Metascience 17 (1):1-26.
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  44. Steven French (2008). Quantum Enigma. Review of Metaphysics 61 (4):857-858.
  45. Steven French (2008). Symmetry, Invariance and Referencei. In W. K. Essler & M. Frauchiger (eds.), Representation, Evidence, and Justification: Themes From Suppes. Ontos Verlag. 2--127.
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  46. Steven French (2008). The Structure of Theories. In Martin Curd & Stathis Psillos (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science. Routledge. 269--280.
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  47. Newton da Costa, Otávio Bueno & Steven French (2007). A coherence theory of truth/Uma teoria coerentista da verdade. Manuscrito 30 (2).
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  48. Shannon French (2007). Timothy L. Challans, Awakening Warrior: Revolution in the Ethics of Warfare. Journal of Military Ethics 6 (4):315-319.
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  49. Steve French (2007). Good-Looking Models. The Philosophers' Magazine 39 (39):62-64.
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  50. Steven French (2007). Abstraction and Concept Formation. Metascience 16 (3):539-542.
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