Continuity of Theory Structure: A Conceptual Spaces Approach

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Continuity of Theory Structure : A Conceptual Spaces Approach. / Zenker, Frank; Gärdenfors, Peter.

In: International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 30, No. 4, 01.10.2016, p. 343-360.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Continuity of Theory Structure

T2 - A Conceptual Spaces Approach

AU - Zenker, Frank

AU - Gärdenfors, Peter

PY - 2016/10/1

Y1 - 2016/10/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

U2 - 10.1080/02698595.2017.1331983

DO - 10.1080/02698595.2017.1331983

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85032577251

VL - 30

SP - 343

EP - 360

JO - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science

JF - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science

SN - 0269-8595

IS - 4

ER -