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A Theory of Theories

Craig, David (2007) A Theory of Theories. In: [2007] LSE-Pitt Conference: Confirmation, Induction and Science (London, 8 - 10 March, 2007).

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    Abstract

    On the basis of examples from mathematical physics, theoretical hypotheses are distinguished from generative theories. An example of the former is Green’s claim that light is the vibrations of a certain type of elastic solid. An example of the later is the wave theory of light. Both hypotheses and theories are characterized in terms of theoretical principles and models, but unique to a theory is a language frame for generating its many models. The aim of theory is defined in terms of both accommodating nature and unifying nature through assimilation. The structure and use of generative theories closely resembles the structure of paradigms and their use in normal science [Kuhn 1970].


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Models Physics Aim and Structure of Theory
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    General Issues > Structure of Theories
    General Issues > Models and Idealization
    General Issues > Explanation
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] LSE-Pitt Conference: Confirmation, Induction and Science (London, 8 - 10 March, 2007)
    Depositing User: David Craig
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 3217
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3217

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