Scientific Structuralism

  • Alisa Bokulich
  • Peter Bokulich

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 281)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Steven French, James Ladyman
    Pages 25-42
  3. Christopher Pincock
    Pages 67-79
  4. Otávio Bueno
    Pages 81-103
  5. Ioannis Votsis
    Pages 105-117
  6. Martin Thomson-Jones
    Pages 119-141
  7. Michael Esfeld, Vincent Lam
    Pages 143-159
  8. Mauro Dorato, Laura Felline
    Pages 161-176
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 177-182

About this book


Recently there has been a revival of interest in structuralist approaches to science. Taking their lead from scientific structuralists such as Henri Poincaré, Ernst Cassirer, and Bertrand Russell, some contemporary philosophers and scientists have argued that the most fruitful approach to solving many problems in the philosophy of science lies in focusing on the structural features of our scientific theories. Much of the work in scientific structuralism to date has been focused on the problem of scientific realism, where it has been argued that even in cases of radical theory change the most important structural features of predecessor theories are preserved. These structural realists argue that what our most successful theories get right about the world is these abstract structural features, rather than any particular ontological claims. More recently, philosophers of science have adopted structuralist approaches to many other issues in the philosophy of science, such as scientific explanation and intertheory relations. The nine articles collected in this volume, written by the leading researchers in scientific structuralism, represent some of the most important directions of research in this field. This book will be of particular interest to those philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians who are interested in the foundations of science.


intertheoretic relations intertheoretic relations scientific structuralism scientific structuralism structural empiricism structural empiricism

Editors and affiliations

  • Alisa Bokulich
    • 1
  • Peter Bokulich
    • 2
  1. 1., Philosophy DepartmentBoston UniversityBostonAfghanistan
  2. 2., Department of PhilosophyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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