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Scientific Theories as Intervening Representations

Ibarra, Andoni and Mormann, Thomas (2006) Scientific Theories as Intervening Representations. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 21 (1). pp. 21-38. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

In this paper some classical representational ideas of Hertz and Duhem are used to show how the dichotomy between representation and intervention can be overcome. More precisely, scientific theories are reconstructed as complex networks of intervening representations (or representational interventions). The formal apparatus developed is applied to elucidate various theoretical and practical aspects of the in vivo/in vitro problem of biochemistry. Moreover, adjoint situations (Galois connections) are used to explain the relation between empirical facts and theoretical laws in a new way.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Ibarra, Andoniandoni.ibarra@ehu.es
Mormann, Thomasylxmomot@sf.ehu.es
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Representation, adjoint situations, in vitro/in vivo problem, Hertz, Duhem
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 17:19
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 17:19
Item ID: 10462
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.551
Date: January 2006
Page Range: pp. 21-38
Volume: 21
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10462

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