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A New Interpretation of the Representational Theory of Measurement

Heilmann, Conrad (2014) A New Interpretation of the Representational Theory of Measurement. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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On the received view, the Representational Theory of Measurement reduces measurement to the numerical representation of empirical relations. This account of measurement has been widely criticised. In this paper, I provide a new interpretation of the Representational Theory of Measurement that sidesteps these debates. I propose to view the Representational Theory of Measurement as a library of theorems that investigate the numerical representability of qualitative relations. Such theorems are useful tools for concept formation which, in turn, is one crucial aspect of measurement for a broad range of cases in linguistics, rational choice, metaphysics, and the social sciences.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Heilmann, Conradheilmann@fwb.eur.nl
Keywords: Representational Theory of Measurement; Measurement; Philosophy of Social Science; Philosophy of Economics; Axiomatic Approach
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Dr. Conrad Heilmann
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2014 12:37
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2014 12:37
Item ID: 11009
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Date: 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11009

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