Continuity of Theory Structure: A Conceptual Spaces Approach

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By understanding laws of nature as geometrical rather than linguistic entities, this paper addresses how to describe theory structures and how to evaluate their continuity. Relying on conceptual spaces as a modelling tool, we focus on the conceptual framework an empirical theory presupposes, thus obtain a geometrical representation of a theory’s structure. We stress the relevance of measurement procedures in separating conceptual from empirical structures. This lets our understanding of scientific laws come closer to scientific practice, and avoids a widely recognised deficit in current philosophy of science accounts, namely to risk a collapse of the physical into the mathematical.


External organisations
  • University of Konstanz
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • Institute of Philosophy, SAS
  • University of Technology Sydney
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Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-360
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 1
Publication categoryResearch