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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: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    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)
    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
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Sebastian Lutz
    Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2010
    Last Modified: 29 Mar 2013 09:31
    Item ID: 5264
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5264

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