What Should we Be Realist about in Cognitive Science?


The fundamental question that is the title of this symposium elicits answers that are not just philosophical in nature, directly pertain to measurement, interpretation of empirical results, modeling, as well as the daily practice and general philosophy of the science that studies cognitive phenomena. Four different perspectives on the realist question will be provided by the speakers in this symposium: Ecological Realism, Measurement Contextuality, Explanatory Pluralism and Structural Realism. The participants address differences and similarities between these perspectives and examine whether unification or consensus perspectives can be achieved.

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