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Perspectival Realism. Science, Knowledge, and Truth from a Human Vantage Point

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Project "Perspectival Realism" data sheet

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postcode: EH8 9YL

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙606˙155 €
 EC max contribution 1˙606˙155 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2020-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH UK (EDINBURGH) coordinator 1˙606˙155.00


 Project objective

This project develops a novel view in philosophy of science called perspectival realism, via a three-pronged highly interdisciplinary approach, which combines the philosophy of science, with scientific practice, the history of science and the history of philosophy. Scientific perspectivism has recently attracted a great deal of attention for its ability to account for the perspectival nature of modelling, pervasive in the physical sciences, the life sciences, and the social sciences. Can scientific knowledge be perspectival, and at the same time, true? Can perspectivism be made compatible with realism?

Four goals guide and structure the project:

(1) To offer a systematic investigation of how contemporary physicists deal with the perspectival nature of modelling, either by exploring innovative non-perspectival methods (in particle physics), or by devising ways of integrating different data sets and optmising their use for heuristic purposes (in observational cosmology).

(2) To examine, via salient historical case studies, to what extent scientific controversies and disagreement among scientists can be traced back to perspectival modelling, including measurement and experimental techniques.

(3) To re-assess the historical origins of perspectivism as a distinctive mode of scientific inquiry back to the Enlightenment, and in particular to Kant's 'Copernican Revolution'.

(4) To critically elaborate a metaphysics for perspectival realism that can ultimately answer the overarching question: 'Can perspectivism be made compatible with realism'?

The outcome is a scientifically and historically informed philosophical position, with the groundbreaking potential of advancing traditional debates about pluralism, unification, and realism in scientific research.

The project pursues these goals via an innovative methodology, in five sub-projects, bringing together physicists, historians of science and of philosophy, and philosophers of science, in an unprecedented way.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 TBC
Perspectivism in science: metaphysical and epistemological reflections (Topical Collection on Perspectivism in the European Journal for the Philosophy of Science)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
European Journal for the Philosophy of Science 2020-04-01
2018 Michela Massimi
Points of view: Kant on perspectival knowledge
published pages: , ISSN: 0039-7857, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-018-1876-7
Synthese 2020-01-24
2018 Michela Massimi
Perspectival Modeling
published pages: 335-359, ISSN: 0031-8248, DOI: 10.1086/697745
Philosophy of Science 85/3 2020-01-24
2018 C D McCoy
Epistemic Justification and Methodological Luck in Inflationary Cosmology
published pages: , ISSN: 0007-0882, DOI: 10.1093/bjps/axy014
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 2020-01-24
2018 Michela Massimi
Three problems about multi-scale modelling in cosmology
published pages: 26-38, ISSN: 1355-2198, DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.04.002
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 64 2020-01-24
2017 Michela Massimi
What is this Thing Called ‘Scientific Knowledge’? – Kant on Imaginary Standpoints And the Regulative Role of Reason
published pages: 63-84, ISSN: 1868-4602, DOI: 10.1515/kantyb-2017-0004
Kant Yearbook 9/1 2020-01-24
2016 Michela Massimi
Four Kinds of Perspectival Truth
published pages: 342-359, ISSN: 0031-8205, DOI: 10.1111/phpr.12300
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 96/2 2020-01-24
2017 Michela Massimi
Laws of Nature, Natural Properties, and the Robustly Best System
published pages: 406-421, ISSN: 0026-9662, DOI: 10.1093/monist/onx018
The Monist 100/3 2020-01-24
2017 C.D. McCoy
The implementation, interpretation, and justification of likelihoods in cosmology
published pages: 19-35, ISSN: 1355-2198, DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.05.002
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 62 2020-01-24
2017 C. D. McCoy, Michela Massimi
Simplified models: a different perspective on models as mediators
published pages: 99-123, ISSN: 1879-4912, DOI: 10.1007/s13194-017-0178-0
European Journal for Philosophy of Science 8/1 2020-01-24
2016 Michela Massimi
Three tales of scientific success
published pages: 757-767, ISSN: 0031-8248, DOI: 10.1086/687861
Philosophy of Science 83/5 2020-01-24
2018 Michela Massimi
2017 Wilkins–Bernal–Medawar Lecture: why philosophy of science matters to science
published pages: 20180054, ISSN: 0035-9149, DOI: 10.1098/rsnr.2018.0054
Notes and Records: the Royal Society journal of the history of science 2020-01-24

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