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Single Idea 22194

[catalogued under 14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 1. Scientific Theory]

Full Idea

Structural Realists say that modern science achieves a true or 'truer' account of the world only with respect to its mathematical structure rather than its intrinsic qualities or nature. The structure carries over to new theories.

Gist of Idea

Structural Realism says mathematical structures persist after theory rejection


Geoffrey Gorham (Philosophy of Science [2009], 4)

Book Reference

Gorham,Geoffrey: 'Philosophy of Science' [One World 2009], p.101

A Reaction

At first glance I am unconvinced that when an old theory is replaced it neverthess contains some sort of 'mathematical structure' which endures and is worth preserving. No doubt Worrall, French and co have examples.

Related Idea

Idea 22195 Structural Realists must show the mathematics is both crucial and separate [Gorham]