Continuity of Theory Structure: A Conceptual Spaces Approach

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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’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.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • University of Konstanz
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • Institute of Philosophy, SAS
  • University of Technology Sydney
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Filosofi
Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)343-360
Antal sidor18
TidskriftInternational Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Volym30
Utgåva nummer4
StatusPublished - 2016 okt 1
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa