Eclectic realism - a cake less filling - Discussion

Jacob Busch

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In a recent volume of this journal Saatsi [Saatsi, J. (2005). Reconsidering the Fresnel-Maxwell theory shift: How the realist can have her cake and EAT it too. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 36, 509-536.] suggests that we adopt an approach where we explain phenomena reductively, by properties that are described via their nomological roles. These properties are conceived of as higher-order multiply realisable properties. Such properties are however not causally efficacious independent of their causal basis. Therefore Saatsi has left it open what kind of explanatory work these properties could possibly do. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-272
Number of pages3
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


  • realism
  • multi realisability
  • structuralism
  • semirealism
  • eclectic realism
  • higher-order propertiess

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