Taking models seriously and being a linguistic realist

Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 26 (1):73-94 (2022)
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Carnap's conception of linguistic frameworks is widespread; however, it is not entirely clear nor consensual to pinpoint what is the influence of his stance within the traditional realist/anti-realist debate. In this paper, we place Carnap as a proponent of a scientific realist stance, by presenting what he called “linguistic realism”. Some possible criticisms are considered, and a case study is offered with wave function realism, a popular position in the philosophy of quantum mechanics.

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Raoni Arroyo
University of Campinas
Gilson Olegario
University of Campinas (PhD)


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