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P.D. Magnus

Cautious realism and middle range ontology

To appear in a Metascience book symposium for Anjan Chakravartty's Scientific Ontology: Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics And Voluntarist Epistemology.

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Abstract

Anjan Chakravartty's book Scientific Ontology is centrally about how metaphysics is embrangled with epistemology. I begin by discussing the broader literature in science and values, where arguments akin to Chakravartty's have been much-discussed. Then I talk about my own preferred approach, middle range ontology, which does not fit neatly into any of the three stances Chakravartty discusses. Finally, I use these considerations to pose a dilemma.

The first on-line draft of this paper was posted 15dec2017.

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