The other day I did a post on structural realism. If you found that interesting, you might find this interview of James Ladyman by Sean Carroll worth listening to (or reading, since there’s a transcript). Ladyman is the author of the SEP article on structural realism I linked to, and seems to be a major proponent of the view. The more I think about structural realism, the more I like it. It seems to nicely thread the needle between traditional scientific realism and instrumentalism.
The interview also ranges over Ladyman’s other views on metaphysics, most of which I agree with. It’s causing me to consider again whether I should read the book he wrote with Don Ross: Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized.
That book was reviewed positively by Massimo Pigliucci several years ago (part 1 and part 2). Massimo’s second post is worth reading for another description of structural realism. He gave the book a positive review despite being annoyed with the title of the first section: “In Defense of Scientism”. There’s also an old Rationally Speaking podcast interview of Ladyman, which I’m sure I listened to years ago, but probably need to revisit.
I’ve always held off on the book because it’s a little pricey, there’s no preview for the Amazon entry so it’s hard to know how academically dense the writing might be, and I’m not sure how interested I am in metaphysics anyway, even what appears to be mostly a take down of it. Although I am very interested in the philosophy of science angle, which might make it worth it.
Anyway, if interested, check out the interviews.