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

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Structuralism in the Idiom of Determination

When discussing fundamentality in metaphysics we often slip and slide between determination and dependence-based conceptions. But these are non-coextensive and cannot be used interchangeably. I will argue that a determination-based conception is the only appropriate way to think about fundamentality. Since ontic structural realism has typically employed the notion of dependence in defending its core claims, it follows that proponents of OSR need to consider whether the thesis that structure is fundamental goes through when we shift to the idiom of determination. I argue that there is reason to be optimistic here, though the matter remains to be clinched.

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Kerry McKenzie    
Philosophy
UC San Diego

 

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