SOPhiA 2021

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Goals shape means, A pluralist response to the problem of formal representation in ontic structural realism
(Metaphysics and Ontology, )

A The principal aim of the paper is to assess the relative merits of two formal representations of structure - namely, set theory and category theory - for the purposes of articulating ontic structural realism (OSR). Conclusions drawn from the examination will allow me to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of both concepts, and propose the pragmatics-based approach to the question of choice of appropriate framework. By presenting the case study from contemporary science (comparison of formulation of quantum mechanics in a language of Hilbert spaces and abstract C*-algebras) and showing how the method of structural representation can be determined based on the pragmatics of goal-oriented research not a dogmatic choice, I will explore a hypothesis stating that we should, similarly to the scientific practice, make use of the interplay between the powers of abstraction and detail of different representational methods, adopting a pluralistic - in opposition to standard, unificatory - view on the role of structural representation in OSR.

Chair: Bogdan Dumitrescu
Time: 12:00-12:30, 11 September 2021 (Saturday)
Location: SR 1.003

Agnieszka Proszewska 
(Jagiellonian University, Krakow, )



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