PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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A Tale of Two Pluralism: Why Science Needs Metaphysics

Pluralists in philosophy of science often regard metaphysical claims as uninformative and thus pointless for science. However, pluralists are also tolerant of the multiplicity of approaches that are and can be used in producing scientific knowledge. I argue that pluralists should welcome metaphysical discourses on their own grounds. This will be elucidated by the historical case study of Einstein’s criticisms of the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. Further, I argue that influential attempts to deflate metaphysics (e.g. Rudolf Carnap (1934, 1935, 1950) and Stephen Kellert, Helen Longino, and Kenneth Waters (2006)) are misguided in rejecting metaphysics from their pluralist frameworks.

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Jamie Shaw    
Western University


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