Continuity of Theory Structure: A Conceptual Spaces Approach

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title = "Continuity of Theory Structure: A Conceptual Spaces Approach",
abstract = "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{\textquoteright}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.",
author = "Frank Zenker and Peter G{\"a}rdenfors",
year = "2016",
month = oct,
day = "1",
doi = "10.1080/02698595.2017.1331983",
language = "English",
volume = "30",
pages = "343--360",
journal = "International Studies in the Philosophy of Science",
issn = "0269-8595",
publisher = "Taylor & Francis",
number = "4",