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Dense and Sparse Meaning Spaces

Norton, John D. (2012) Dense and Sparse Meaning Spaces. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Contrary to the incommensurability thesis, I argue that the referents of theoretical terms can remain stable under theory change, if they are associated with “sparse meaning spaces.” In them, reference is error tolerant, for there are no alternatives in the neighborhood to which terms in altered descriptions can shift their reference.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Norton, John D.jdnorton@pitt.edu
Keywords: incommensurability meaning reference temperature theory
Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: John Norton
Date Deposited: 12 May 2012 13:19
Last Modified: 12 May 2012 13:19
Item ID: 9110
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9110

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