Did Perrin’s experiments convert Poincaré to scientific realism?

Ivanova, Milena (2013) Did Perrin’s experiments convert Poincaré to scientific realism?. HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, 3 1: 1-19. doi:10.1086/669714


Author Ivanova, Milena
Title Did Perrin’s experiments convert Poincaré to scientific realism?
Journal name HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2152-5188
2156-6240
Publication date 2013-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1086/669714
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 3
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Place of publication Chicago, IL United States
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Language eng
Abstract In this article, I argue that Poincaré’s acceptance of the atom does not indicate a shift from instrumentalism to scientific realism. I examine the implications of Poincaré’s acceptance of the existence of the atom for our current understanding of his philosophy of science. Specifically, how can we understand Poincaré’s acceptance of the atom in structural realist terms? From a careful examination of his 1912 paper, I suggest that it does not entail scientific realism in the sense of acceptance of the fundamental existence of atoms but, rather, argues against fundamental entities. I argue that Poincaré’s paper motivates a nonfundamentalist view about the world and that this is compatible with his structuralism.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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