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Transcendental realisms in the philosophy of science: on Bhaskar and Cartwright

Abstract:

I consider two transcendental arguments for realism in the philosophy of science, which are due to Roy Bhaskar (A realist theory of science, 1975) and Nancy Cartwright (The dappled world, 1999). Bhaskar and Cartwright are both influential figures, however there is little discussion of their use of transcendental arguments in the literature. Here I seek to correct this oversight. I begin by describing the role of the transcendental arguments in question, in the context of the broader philosoph...

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10.1007/s11229-008-9427-2

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy, Philosophy NonPostholders
Journal:
SYNTHESE
Volume:
173
Issue:
3
Pages:
299-315
Publication date:
2010-04-05
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EISSN:
1573-0964
ISSN:
0039-7857
URN:
uuid:22e0507e-d9b2-4cc3-9117-820dd118ffe9
Source identifiers:
191952
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pubs:191952

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