Friedman's relativised a priori and structural realism: in search of compatibility

Ivanova, Milena (2011) Friedman's relativised a priori and structural realism: in search of compatibility. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 25 1: 23-37. doi:10.1080/02698595.2011.552416


Author Ivanova, Milena
Title Friedman's relativised a priori and structural realism: in search of compatibility
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Friedman's relativised a priori and structural realism: in search of compatibility
Journal name International Studies in the Philosophy of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-8595
1469-9281
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/02698595.2011.552416
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 37
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this article I discuss a recent argument due to Dan McArthur, who suggests that the charge that Michael Friedman's relativised a priori leads to irrationality in theory change can be avoided by adopting structural realism. I provide several arguments to show that the conjunction of Friedman's relativised a priori with structural realism cannot make the former avoid the charge of irrationality. I also explore the extent to which Friedman's view and structural realism are compatible, a presupposition of McArthur's argument. This compatibility is usually questioned, due to the Kantian aspect of Friedman's view, which clashes with the metaphysical premise of scientific realism. I argue that structural realism does not necessarily depend on this premise and as a consequence can be compatible with Friedman's view, but more importantly I question whether Friedman's view really implies mind dependence.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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