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The Structure of the WorldMetaphysics and Representation$
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Steven French

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684847.001.0001

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The Presentation of Objects and the Representation of Structure

The Presentation of Objects and the Representation of Structure

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(p.101) 5 The Presentation of Objects and the Representation of Structure
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The Structure of the World
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Steven French

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684847.003.0005

Here the commitments of OSR are clarified by drawing on the following useful distinction: the structure of the world is presented to us in the theoretical context under consideration by means of the relevant laws and symmetries, as informed group-theoretically. Philosophers of science then represent that structure by means of various meta-level resources, such as the Semantic Approach. This is not the only such resource available. However, the main alternative—the Ramsey sentence formulation—is bedevilled by the so-called Newman problem. This has been dealt with by Melia and Saatsi and their emphasis on the intensional character of laws points the way to an appropriate understanding of structure that is articulated in the rest of the book.

Keywords:   semantic approach, Ramsey sentence, Newman problem, Representation, reference, category theory, group theory

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