Structural Realism

Structure, Object, and Causality

  • Elaine Landry
  • Dean Rickles

Part of the The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 77)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Frameworks for Structural Realism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elaine M. Landry
      Pages 29-57
    3. Ioannis Votsis
      Pages 59-76
    4. John Worrall
      Pages 77-95
  3. Structural Realism and the Nature of Objects and Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Katherine Brading, Alexander Skiles
      Pages 99-115
    3. Antigone M. Nounou
      Pages 117-133
    4. Dean P. Rickles
      Pages 135-145
  4. Modality and Causality in Structural Realism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Nora Berenstain, James Ladyman
      Pages 149-168
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-209

About this book


Structural realism has rapidly gained in popularity in recent years, but it has splintered into many distinct denominations, often underpinned by diverse motivations. There is, no monolithic position known as ‘structural realism,’ but there is a general convergence on the idea that a central role is to be played by relational aspects over object-based aspects of ontology. What becomes of causality in a world without fundamental objects? In this book, the foremost authorities on structural realism attempt to answer this and related questions: ‘what is structure?’ and ‘what is an object?’ Also featured are the most recent advances in structural realism, including the intersection of mathematical structuralism and structural realism, and the latest treatments of laws and modality in the context of structural realism. The book will be of interest to philosophers of science, philosophers of physics, metaphysicians, and those interested in foundational aspects of science.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Elaine Landry
    • 1
  • Dean Rickles
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Unit for History & Philosophy of, ScienceUniversity of SidneySydneyAustralia

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