Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium


Arthur Fine
University of Washington

"Structural Realism, Then and Now"


Poincaré feared that the ephemeral nature of scientific theories could be seen as amounting to the "bankruptcy of science". His defense of scientific solvency has been understood as a kind of realism, structural realism. I begin by sorting out the history of this conception (Poincaré, Weyl, Russell) and then move to a consideration of its current status. I argue that recent versions of structural realism embody a reactionary, methodological strategy that runs counter to common sense.

Friday, May 26, 2006
SST 777
3 pm

Refreshments will be served