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What's Right With a Syntactic Approach to Theories and Models?

Lutz, Sebastian (2010) What's Right With a Syntactic Approach to Theories and Models? In: UNSPECIFIED.

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I argue that, contrary to common opinion, (i) unintended models do not pose a significant problem for syntactic approaches to scientific theories, (ii) in syntactic approaches, scientific theories can be as well connected to the world as in semantic ones, and (iii) some syntactic approaches are at least as language independent as semantic ones. Based on these results, I argue that syntactic and semantic approaches fare equally well when it comes to (iv) capturing the theory-observation relation, (v) ease of application, and (vi) accommodating the use of models in the sciences.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Lutz, Sebastian
Keywords: Syntactic approach, syntactic view, received view, semantic approach, semantic view, structuralism, scientific models, formalization, language independence
Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Theory/Observation
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Depositing User: Sebastian Lutz
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2010
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2013 13:31
Item ID: 5264

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