SOPhiA 2018

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Ontic Structural Realism as a Plausible Answer to the Problem of the Applicability of Mathematics in Science
(Philosophy of Science, English)

In this paper, I will argue in favor of a kind of realism respect to the applicability of mathematics in physical theories. For this, first, I will establish that it has been a mistake to argue for realism appealing to the Quine-Putnam indispensability argument, we should draw upon to the no miracles argument. The former focus on an unnecessary and insufficient discussion about mathematical entities while the latter is more intuitive and allows us to go straight to the problem of the applicability of mathematical in scientific theories through the debate between realism-antirealism. Then, I propose a realistic approach to the applicability problem, arguing that Ontic Structural Realism is the most straightforward scheme to think it because it can face the most significant objections to the realism derived from the no miracles argument.

Chair: Aleksandra Gomułczak
Time: 14:40-15:10, 14 September 2018 (Friday)
Location: SR 1.005

Leonardo Ortiz-Arcuna 
(Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica)

Bachelor degree in Philosophy from the University of Costa Rica (2014), he has completed complementary courses in natural sciences (physics) and mathematics.
Currently working in Technological Institute of Costa Rica since 2016.
He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Costa Rica.
He is specializing in the areas of History and Philosophy of Science.


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