Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium
University of Washington
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
Refreshments will be served