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In The constitution of the World, Steven French articulates and defends the daring declare that there are not any objects. on the so much basic point, glossy physics offers us with an international of structures and making feel of that view is the imperative goal of the more and more frequent place often called structural realism. Drawing on modern paintings in metaphysics and philosophy of technology, in addition to the 'forgotten' historical past of structural realism itself, French makes an attempt to additional floor and boost this place. He argues that structural realism deals the way in which of balancing our have to accommodate the result of smooth technology with our wish to arrive at an accurately expert figuring out of the area that technological know-how offers to us. overlaying not just the realism-antirealism debate, the character of illustration, and the connection among metaphysics and technological know-how, The Structure of the World defends a sort of eliminativism approximately gadgets that units legislation and symmetry rules on the center of ontology. in preference to a global of microscopic items banging into each other and ruled by means of the legislation of physics, it deals a global of legislation and symmetries, on which determinate actual homes are based. In providing this account, French additionally tackles the excellence among mathematical and actual constructions, the character of legislation, and causality within the context of contemporary physics, and he concludes via exploring the level to which structural realism could be prolonged into chemistry and biology.

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