Epistemic loops and measurement realism

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Recent philosophy of measurement has emphasized the existence of both diachronic and synchronic “loops,” or feedback processes, in the epistemic achievements of measurement. A widespread response has been to conclude that measurement outcomes do not convey interest-independent facts about the world, and that only a coherentist epistemology of measurement is viable. In contrast, I argue that a form of measurement realism is consistent with these results. The insight is that antecedent structure in measuring spaces constrains our empirical procedures such that successful measurement conveys a limited, but veridical knowledge of “fixed points,” or stable, interest- independent features of the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)930-941
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019
EventPhilosophy of Science Association: 26th Biennial Meeting - Seattle, WA, Seattle, United States
Duration: 1 Nov 20184 Nov 2018


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