Nature's Suit: Husserl's Phenomenological Philosophy of the Physical Sciences

2014.08.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lee Hardy, Nature's Suit: Husserl's Phenomenological Philosophy of the Physical Sciences, Ohio University Press, 2013, 248pp., $
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2014.08.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lee Hardy, Nature's Suit: Husserl's Phenomenological Philosophy of the Physical Sciences, Ohio University Press, 2013, 248pp., $ 34.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780821420669. Reviewed by Michele Averchi, The Catholic University of America Lee Hardy argues that Husserl's phenomenology is compatible with scientific realism. Scientific realism holds that scientific theories provide a true description of the world, while scientific instrumentalism holds that scientific theories are mere devices for predictions about the behavior of things. A crucial question for this debate is the ontological status of unobservable entities, such as the law of universal gravitation. What is it, exactly? The realist would argue that the law of universal gravitation is a description of a hidden structure of the world, while the instrumentalist would argue that it is just a tool for predictions, with no counterpart in reality. As shown by. . .

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