, Volume 192, Issue 11, pp 3425–3442 | Cite as

The Shaky Game +25, or: on locavoracity

  • Laura RuetscheEmail author


Taking Arthur Fine’s The Shaky Game as my inspiration, and the recent 25\({\textit{th}}\) anniversary of the publication of that work as the occasion to exercise that inspiration, I sketch an alternative to the “Naturalism” prevalent among philosophers of physics. Naturalism is a methodology eventuating in a metaphysics. The methodology is to seek the deep framework assumptions that make the best sense of science; the metaphysics is furnished by those assumptions and supported by their own support of science. The alternative presented here, which I call “Locavoracity,” shares Naturalism’s commitment to making sense of science, but alters Naturalism’s methodology. The Locavore’s sense-making projects are piecemeal, rather than sweeping. The Locavore’s hypothesis is that the collection of local sense-making projects fails to issue a single overarching unifying framework deserving of the title “the metaphysics that makes the best sense of science.” I muster some examples supporting the Locavore hypothesis from the interpretation of quantum field theories.


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This piece was instigated by the 2012 Pacific APA symposium “The Shaky Game at 25,” and impelled by the Ontology and Methodology conference at Virginia Tech the following May. I want to thank organizers of and participants in both events—particularly Arthur Fine, Phil Erlich, Ben Jantzen, Deborah Mayo, and Lydia Patton—for their support, feedback, and patience. I also want to thank two anonymous and helpful referees.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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