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Alberto Cordero
Queens College (CUNY)
Alberto Cordero
CUNY Graduate Center
  1. Scientific Realism and the Divide Et Impera Strategy: The Ether Saga Revisited.Alberto Cordero - 2011 - Philosophy of Science 78 (5):1120-1130.
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    Are GRW Tails as Bad as They Say?Alberto Cordero - 1999 - 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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    Understanding Quantum Physics.Alberto Cordero - 2003 - Science & Education 12 (5):503-511.
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    On Scientific Realism and Naturalism.Alberto Cordero - 2015 - Journal of Philosophical Research 40 (Supplement):31-43.
  5. Rejected Posits, Realism, and the History of Science.Alberto Cordero - unknown
    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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    Realism and Underdetermination: Some Clues From the Practices-Up.Alberto Cordero - 2001 - 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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    Realism and Underdetermination: Some Clues From the Practices-Up.Alberto Cordero - 2001 - Philosophy of Science 68 (S3):S301-S312.
    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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    Contemporary Science and Worldview-Making.Alberto Cordero - 2009 - Science & Education 18 (6-7):747-764.
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    Mario Bunge’s Scientific Realism.Alberto Cordero - 2012 - Science & Education 21 (10):1419-1435.
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    Observation in Constructive Empiricism: Arbitrary or Incoherent?Alberto Cordero - 1989 - Critica 21 (61):75-102.
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    Las ciencias naturales y los valores.Alberto Cordero - 1982 - Critica 14 (40):35-59.
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    Diachronic Realism About Successful Theories.Alberto Cordero - 2008 - 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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    Explanatory Elucidation and Scientific Realism.Alberto Cordero - forthcoming - Epistemologia.
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    Rejected Posits, Realism, and the History of Science.Alberto Cordero - 2009 - In Henk W. de Regt (ed.), Epsa Philosophy of Science: Amsterdam 2009. Springer. pp. 23--32.
    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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    Theory-Parts for Scientific Realists.Alberto Cordero - 2013 - In Vassilios Karakostas & Dennis Dieks (eds.), Epsa11 Perspectives and Foundational Problems in Philosophy of Science. Springer. pp. 153--165.
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    Physics and the Underdetermination Thesis.Alberto Cordero - 2001 - 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. Philosophy and the Origin and Evolution of the Universe.Evandro Agazzi & Alberto Cordero (eds.) - 1991 - Kluwer Academic Publishers.
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    Science, Objectivity and Moral Values.Alberto Cordero - 1992 - Science & Education 1 (1):49-70.
  19. Realism and Underdetermination.Alberto Cordero - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 68.
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    Diachronic Local Realism About Successful Theories.Alberto Cordero - 2008 - 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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    What Conditions is Physics Expected to Fulfil in Order to Provide Bases for Weltanschauungen?Alberto Cordero - 1988 - Philosophie Et Culture: Actes du XVIIe Congrès Mondial de Philosophie 5:204-208.
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    Conversations Across Meaning Variance.Alberto Cordero - 2013 - Science & Education 22 (6):1305-1313.
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    Interpreting State Reduction From the Practices-Up.Alberto Cordero - 1990 - 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 worthy (...)
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    On the Growing Complementarity of Science and Technology.Alberto Cordero - 1998 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 4 (2):86-92.
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    Diachronic Local Realism About Successful Theories.Alberto Cordero - 2008 - 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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    The Puzzles of Time, Then and Now.Alberto Cordero - 2016 - Science & Education 25 (1-2):199-201.
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    Eight Myths About Scientific Realism.Alberto Cordero - unknown
    Selective realist projects have made significant improvements over the last two decades. Judging by the literature, however, antirealist quarters seem little impressed with the results. Section I considers the selectivist case and its perceived shortcomings. One shortcoming is that selectivist offerings are nuanced in ways that deprive them of features that—according to many—cannot be absent from any realism “worth having”. Section II considers eight features widely required of realist positions, none of them honored by selectivist projects. Modulo those requirements, even (...)
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  28. Epistemology and "the Social" in Contemporary Natural Science.Alberto Cordero - 2008 - 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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    Contemporary Nativism, Scientific Texture, and the Moral Limits of Free Inquiry.Alberto Cordero - 2004 - 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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    Holly Ramona: La Ciencia y El Ideal Contemporáneo de Excelencia.Alberto Cordero - 1999 - Areté. Revista de Filosofía 11 (1):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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    Pluralism, Scientific Values, and the Value of Science.Alberto Cordero - 2008 - In Evandro Agazzi & Fabio Minazzi (eds.), Science and Ethics: The Axiological Contexts of Science. P.I.E. Peter Lang. pp. 101--114.
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    Practical Reasoning in the Foundations of Quantum Theory.Alberto Cordero - 1994 - In Dag Prawitz & Dag Westerståhl (eds.), Logic and Philosophy of Science in Uppsala. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 439--452.
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    Arguing for Hidden Realities.Alberto Cordero - 1997 - Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 55:148-165.
  34. Sobre el mito de que el realismo científico ha muerto.Alberto Cordero - 2009 - Areté. Revista de Filosofía 21 (2):363-379.
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  35. La Ciencia y El Ideal Contemporáneo de Excelencia.Alberto Cordero - 1999 - Areté. Revista de Filosofía 11 (1-2):773-794.
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    Evolutionary Ideas and Contemporary Naturalism.Alberto Cordero - 1991 - In Evandro Agazzi & Alberto Cordero (eds.), Philosophy and the Origin and Evolution of the Universe. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 399--439.
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    On Science and Scientific Hypotheses.Alberto Cordero - 1996 - Philosophia Scientiae 1 (S1):105-126.
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  38. Can We Distinguish Between Science and Metaphysics?Alberto Cordero - 1988 - Epistemologia 11:65.
  39. Experience, Rationality and the Bounds of Law.Alberto Cordero - 1987 - Epistemologia 10 (2):227.
  40. Possibility, Actuality, and the Growth of Imagination: The Many-Worlds Approach to Quantum Physics.Alberto Cordero - 2008 - Ontology Studies: Cuadernos de Ontología:93-102.
    Las interpretaciónes de la física cuántica de Everett-DeWitt hablan de una multiplicidad de mundos físicamente coexistenrtes. Éstas imaginativas reacciones a los problemas conceptuales de la mecánica cuántica estándar forman una família de propuestas de “universos múltiples” que, sin pleno éxito, han sido tachadas de incoherentes.Everett-DeWitt interpretations of quantum physics speak of a multiplicity of physically coexisting worlds. These imaginative reactions to the conceptual problems of standard quantum mechanics form a family of physicalist “many-worlds” proposals that have been variously dismissed as (...)
     
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  41. Philosophy of Science.Alberto Cordero - 2010 - In Susana Nuccetelli, Ofelia Schutte & Otávio Bueno (eds.), A Companion to Latin American Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
  42. Realism and the Infinitely Faceted World: Intimations From the 1950s.Alberto Cordero - 2010 - Ontology Studies: Cuadernos de Ontología:7-19.
    Breaking away from logical-empiricism, in the early 1950s Stephen Toulmin presented empirical theories as maps, thereby opening a fertile line of reflection about background interests and their impact on abstraction in scientific theorizing. A few years later, pointing to the “qualitative infinity of nature,” David Bohm denounced what he regarded as counterproductive constraints on the scientific imagination. In realist circles, these two strands of suggestions would be variously supplemented over the following decades with further recognitions of the epistemic merits of (...)
     
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