Retail Realism, the Individuation of Theoretical Entities, and the Case of the Muriatic Radical

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摘要

Retail realists advocate abandoning wholesale arguments, which concern the reality of theoretical entities in general, and embracing retail arguments, which concern the reality of particular kinds of theoretical entities. They can thus be realists about some and anti-realists about others. But realism about a kind of entity can take different forms depending on how retail realists individuate kinds of entities. This chapter introduces the notion of the inclusiveness of individuation: the more inclusively we individuate a kind of entity, the more theories there are in which it appears. The form of realism that retail realists accept regarding a particular kind of entity can be more selective or more encompassing depending on how inclusively they individuate that kind of entity. This chapter illustrates these ideas in terms of a case from the history of chemistry involving the hypothetical component of hydrochloric acid known as the muriatic radical.
原文American English
主出版物標題Individuation, Process, and Scientific Practices
編輯Otávio Bueno, Ruey-Lin Chen, Melinda Bonnie Fagan
出版地New York
發行者Oxford University Press
章節12
頁面259-278
頁數20
ISBN(列印)9780190636814
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 2018

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