The Structure of the World: Metaphysics and Representation

2014.12.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven French, The Structure of the World: Metaphysics and Representation, Oxford University Press, 2014, 394pp., $65.00 (hbk),
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2014.12.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven French, The Structure of the World: Metaphysics and Representation, Oxford University Press, 2014, 394pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199684847. Reviewed by Alyssa Ney, University of Rochester Structural realism is a view about the metaphysical conclusions we should draw from our best scientific theories. A version of scientific realism designed to avoid the pessimistic meta-induction, it says that we shouldn't infer any specific ontology of objects bearing intrinsic properties from our best scientific theories since we have good reason to believe any such commitments will be discarded in future theories. Instead, we should only commit to the structure of our best scientific theories since only this has survived the history of theory change. John Worrall, who developed this view in the 1980s, didn't deny that there were objects bearing intrinsic properties in the world. He thought the reasonable attitude. . .

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