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Criteria of Empirical Significance: Foundations, Relations, Applications

Lutz, Sebastian Criteria of Empirical Significance: Foundations, Relations, Applications. Zeno Institute of Philosophy, Utrecht University.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation consists of three parts. Part I is a defense of an artificial language methodology in philosophy and a historical and systematic defense of the logical empiricists' application of an artificial language methodology to scientific theories. These defenses provide a justification for the presumptions of a host of criteria of empirical significance, which I analyze, compare, and develop in part II. On the basis of this analysis, in part III I use a variety of criteria to evaluate the scientific status of intelligent design, and further discuss confirmation, reduction, and concept formation.


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    Item Type: Other
    Additional Information: PhD thesis prepared at the Theoretical Philosophy Unit, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
    Keywords: empirical significance; ideal language philosophy; artificial language philosophy; analyticity; concept formation; Received View; logical empiricism; syntactic view; semantic view
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
    General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    General Issues > Conventionalism
    General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
    General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
    Specific Sciences > Mathematics
    General Issues > Models and Idealization
    General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
    General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
    General Issues > Structure of Theories
    General Issues > Theory/Observation
    Depositing User: Sebastian Lutz
    Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 09:03
    Last Modified: 16 May 2012 09:03
    Item ID: 9117
    Journal or Publication Title: Quaestiones Infinitae
    Publisher: Zeno Institute of Philosophy
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9117

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