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A Modal View of the Semantics of Theoretical Sentences

Andreas, Holger (2010) A Modal View of the Semantics of Theoretical Sentences. Synthese, 174 (3). pp. 367-383.

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Modal logic has been applied in many different areas, as reasoning about time, knowledge and belief, necessity and possibility, to mention only some examples. In the present paper, an attempt is made to use modal logic to account for the semantics of theoretical sentences in scientific language. Theoretical sentences have been studied extensively since the work of Ramsey and Carnap. The present attempt at a modal analysis is motivated by there being several intended interpretations of the theoretical terms once these terms are introduced through the axioms of a theory.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: Theoretical terms, modal logic, Ramsey sentence
Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr. Holger Andreas
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2013 13:46
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2013 13:46
Item ID: 9578
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11229-009-9458-3
Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2010
Page Range: pp. 367-383
Volume: 174
Number: 3

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