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Carnap on Theoretical Terms: Structuralism without Metaphysics

Friedman, Michael (2009) Carnap on Theoretical Terms: Structuralism without Metaphysics. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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Both realists and instrumentalists have found it difficult to understand (much less accept) Carnap’s developed view on theoretical terms, which attempts to stake out a neutral position between realism and instrumentalism. I argue that Carnap’s mature conception of a scientific theory as the conjunction of its Ramsey sentence and Carnap sentence can indeed achieve this neutral position. To see this, however, we need to see why the Newman problem raised in the context of recent work on structural realism is no problem for Carnap’s conception; and we also need to locate Carnap’s work on theoretical terms within his wider program of Wissenschaftslogik or the logic of science.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Friedman, Michael
Keywords: Carnap, structuralism, structural realism, theoretical terms, Ramsey sentence, Carnap sentence.
Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Theory/Observation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Depositing User: Ioannis Votsis
Date Deposited: 28 May 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4656

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