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Cristian Soto
University of Chile
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    The Epistemic Indispensability Argument.Cristian Soto - 2019 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 50 (1):145-161.
    This article elaborates the epistemic indispensability argument, which fully embraces the epistemic contribution of mathematics to science, but rejects the contention that such a contribution is a reason for granting reality to mathematicalia. Section 1 introduces the distinction between ontological and epistemic readings of the indispensability argument. Section 2 outlines some of the main flaws of the first premise of the ontological reading. Section 3 advances the epistemic indispensability argument in view of both applied and pure mathematics. And Sect. 4 (...)
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    A Proposal for a Coherent Ontology of Fundamental Entities.Diego Romero-Maltrana, Federico Benitez & Cristian Soto - 2018 - Foundations of Science 23 (4):705-717.
    We argue that the distinction between framework and interaction theories should be taken carefully into consideration when dealing with the philosophical implications of fundamental theories in physics. In particular, conclusions concerning the nature of reality can only be consistently derived from assessing the ontological and epistemic purport of both types of theories. We put forward an epistemic form of realism regarding framework theories, such as Quantum Field Theory. The latter, indeed, informs us about the general properties of quantum fields, laying (...)
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    The Current State of the Metaphysics of Science Debate.Cristian Soto - 2015 - Philosophica 90.
    I examine the current state of the debate on the metaphysics of science. In 1, I identify some of the main questions belonging to the MS, looking into the relationship between science and metaphysics. In 2, I expound the rise of the old wave in the MS, which endorses the belief that metaphysics is a guide to, or a heuristic for, science and outlines the stronger idea that metaphysics makes science possible. In 3, I examine the maximalist MS. This is (...)
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    The Aim and Scope of Scientific Metaphysics: Don Ross, James Ladyman, and Harold Kincaid : Scientific Metaphysics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, X+243pp, £30.65 HB.Cristian Soto - 2014 - Metascience 23 (1):117-123.
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    Looking for a Realist Metaphysics of Science: Alexander Bird, Brian Ellis, and Howard Sankey : Properties, Powers and Structures: Issues in the Metaphysics of Realism. London and New York: Routledge, 2012, V+276pp, £80.00 HB.Cristian Soto - 2013 - Metascience 22 (2):289-292.
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    Teoría de la verdad evolucionaria en Peirce.Cristian Soto - 2010 - Critica 42 (126):25-44.
    Expondré las líneas generales de una teoría de la verdad evolucionaria con tres objetivos principales: primero, mostrar que ella da cuenta de la teoría de la verdad pragmatista de Peirce, reuniendo la convergencia y la correspondencia; segundo, evidenciar que involucra compromisos metafísicos realistas a partir de la relación entre evolución, verdad y realidad; y, tercero, arrojar luz sobre un aspecto importante de la discusión contemporánea sobre teorías de la verdad, a saber, su carácter eminentemente metafísico. I shall expound the general (...)
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    An Apt Celebration of Agassi’s Career: Nimrod Bar-Am and Stefano Gattei : Encouraging Openness: Essays for Joseph Agassi on the Occasion of His 90th Birthday. Switzerland: Springer, Xiv+584pp, €127 HB. [REVIEW]Cristian Soto - 2019 - Metascience 28 (3):483-486.
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    A Framework for an Inferential Conception of Physical Laws.Cristian Soto & Otávio Bueno - 2019 - Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 23 (3):423-444.
    We advance a framework for an inferential conception of physical laws, addressing the problem of the application of mathematical structures to the relevant structure of physical domains. Physical laws, we argue, express generalizations that work as rules for deriving physically informative inferences about their target systems, hence guiding us in our interaction with various domains. Our analysis of the application of mathematics to the articulation of physical laws follows a threefold scheme. First, we examine the immersion of the relevant structure (...)
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  9. Current Debates in Philosophy of Science: In Honor of Roberto Torretti.Cristian Soto (ed.) - forthcoming - Synthese Library Series, Springer.
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    Capacidades y leyes fenomenológicas: El disposicionalismo experimental.Cristian Soto & Pascal Rodríguez - 2019 - Revista de Filosofía 76:185-201.
    Elaboramos una versión del disposicionalismo experimental que esclarece la relación entre capacidades y leyes fenomenológicas. Tras algunas consideraciones introductorias, presentamos el disposicionalismo experimental en vistas de las nociones de modalidad física y ambiente de estímulo. Trazamos las líneas generales para una epistemología experimentalista de las capacidades y esclarecemos la modalidad física e invariancia de las leyes fenomenológicas. Luego examinamos las generalizaciones físicas y extrapolaciones de las leyes fenomenológicas y exponemos el caso de la ley de Fresnel, que ilustra aspectos de (...)
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    Globally and Locally Applied Naturalistic Metaphysics.Cristian Soto - 2017 - Manuscrito 40 (3):33-50.
    ABSTRACT This article addresses the prospects of applied naturalistic metaphysics from both a global and a local perspective. Adopting a broad Sellarsian approach, I look into whether metaphysics has a place and role in the overall scientific image and assess whether it has its own subject matter as a first- or second- order discipline. After outlining the general argument in section 1, section 2 examines our construal of science and metaphysics, drawing some considerations for restating the question about the viability (...)
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  12. Globally and Locally Applied Naturalistic Metaphysics.Cristian Soto - 2017 - Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 40.
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    Local Selective Realism: Shifting From Classical to Quantum Electrodynamics.Cristian Soto & Diego Romero-Maltrana - 2020 - Foundations of Science 25 (4):955-970.
    This article elaborates local selective realism in view of the shifting from classical to quantum electrodynamics. After some introductory remarks, we critically address what we call global selective realism, hence setting forth the background for outlining local selective realism. When examining the transition from classical to quantum electrodynamics, we evaluate both continuities and discontinuities in observational features, mathematical structures, and ontological presuppositions. Our argument leads us to criticise the narrow understanding of limiting-case strategies, and to reject the claim that we (...)
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  14. Mark Colyvan's An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics. [REVIEW]Cristian Soto - 2014 - Critica 46 (138).
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    Metaphysics, Laws, and Natural Kinds: Minimalist Approaches: Stephen Mumford and Matthew Tugby : Metaphysics and Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, Vii+244pp, £40 HB.Cristian Soto - 2015 - Metascience 24 (2):321-331.
    Debates on the metaphysics of science have steadily gained momentum over the last decade or so. This appears to illustrate a case of philosophers’ realisation that metaphysics—and theoretical philosophy overall—largely depends upon the sciences and has a good deal to learn from them. Recent literature on this, in fact, has reached an unforeseen high level of refinement in the arguments and a very much desirable precision in the consequences that we can derive from examining the interplay currently undergoing between science (...)
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    ¿Qué es la metafísica de la ciencia?Cristian Soto - 2017 - Discusiones Filosóficas 18 (31):87-105.
  17. Review. [REVIEW]Cristian Soto - 2010 - Revista de filosofía (Chile) 66:269-272.
    Sergio Rojas ha hecho una importante contribución al desarrollo de los estudios kantianos en el mundo de habla hispana con su libro El problema de la historia en la filosofía crítica de Kant, puesto que, al menos por el propósito que lo inspira, es seguro que su trabajo motivará a otros estudiosos a abrir el horizonte de reflexión más allá de las tres Críticas, tanto a los opúsculos de filosofía natural y metafísica del período precrítico, como a los escritos, problemáticamente (...)
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    Sobre el colapso de las estructuras matemáticas Y físicas en el realismo estructural óntico.Cristian Soto - 2019 - Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 60 (143):279-295.
    RESUMEN La sección 1 introduce lo que llamo la tesis del colapso de las estructuras matemáticas y las estructuras físicas. La sección 2 examina si acaso la indispensabilidad de las matemáticas para la física fundamental involucra la adopción del platonismo matemático, en este caso acerca de estructuras matemáticas, como argumenta el realismo estructural óntico. La sección 3 muestra que la adopción de la tesis del colapso arriesga introducir la hipótesis del universo matemático. Desde la perspectiva de la concepción inferencial en (...)
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    Sergio Rojas, El Problema de la Historia En la Filosofía Crítica de Kant.Cristian Soto - 2010 - Revista de filosofía (Chile) 66.
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    Taking Stock of the Metaphysics of Science Debate: Drawing Disciplinary Frontiers. [REVIEW]Cristian Soto - 2017 - Metascience 26 (2):1-5.
  21. Taking Stock of the Metaphysics of Science Debate: Drawing Disciplinary Frontiers: Markus Schrenk: Metaphysics of Science: A Systematic and Historical Introduction. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017. Xv+331pp, $107.95 Cloth, $30.54 PB. [REVIEW]Cristian Soto - 2017 - Metascience 26 (2):257-261.
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    Una evaluación del realismo científico de Peirce a 100 años de su muerte.Cristian Soto - 2014 - Cuadernos de Filosofía Latinoamericana 35 (111):26.
    En este artículo se plantean las siguientes preguntas: primero, ¿es Peirce un realista científico? Segundo, ¿han sido relevantes las ideas de Peirce para la defensa contemporánea del realismo científico? Y tercero, ¿está el realismo científico peirceano comprometido con una metafísica de la ciencia? La respuesta a tales preguntas es positiva. En el argumento se apela tanto a consideraciones de los manuscritos de Peirce como al debate contemporáneo sobre realismo científico. Luego de algunas observaciones introductorias en la primera sección, se expone (...)
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