Scientific Knowledge and Structural Knowledge

  • Peter Clark
Part of the The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 75)


There is a very general question in the philosophy of science. It is this: how do we think our theories represent the world? What is theoretical knowledge in the sciences, knowledge of? One very influential answer to this question is the thesis of Structuralism: theoretical knowledge is not knowledge of unobservable objects and the hidden relations among them but is always and only knowledge of structure.


Theoretical Knowledge Scientific Realism Early Theory Predictive Success Empirical Adequacy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsUK

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