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Continuity of Theory Structure : A Conceptual Spaces Approach

Zenker, Frank LU and Gärdenfors, Peter LU (2016) In International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 30(4). p.343-360
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.

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International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
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30
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18 pages
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Taylor & Francis
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0269-8595
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10.1080/02698595.2017.1331983
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English
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