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Theory and Observation

DAVID PAPINEAU

in Theory and Meaning

Published in print:
1979
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198245858
eISBN:
9780191680908
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245858.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter begins with a discussion of the ‘problem of theoretical terms’ and the relativist difficulties that this problem poses for the double language model of science. It then looks in detail ... More


How to Define Theoretical Terms

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume I

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195032048
eISBN:
9780199833382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195032047.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Lewis defends an account of the role of theoretical terms in scientific theories. Drawing on the work of Ramsey and Carnap, Lewis advocates the view that theoretical terms are implicitly defined by ... More


Realism in Theory Construction

Ilkka Niiniluoto

in Critical Scientific Realism

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199251612
eISBN:
9780191598098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251614.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Theoretical realism claims—against instrumentalism (Stegmüller), constructive empiricism (van Fraassen), entity realism (Hacking, Cartwright), and structural realism (Worrall)—that the theoretical ... More


Philosophers’ Use of ‘Intuitive’ (I): A Defective Practice and the Verbal Virus Theory

Herman Cappelen

in Philosophy without Intuitions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199644865
eISBN:
9780191739026
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644865.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

After introducing a distinction between constructive and defective theoretical terms, it is suggested that ‘intuition’ and cognate terms are defective theoretical terms in philosophy. It does so by ... More


Understanding and Inference1: Timothy Williamson

Paul Boghossian and Timothy Williamson

in Debating the A Priori

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198851707
eISBN:
9780191886317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851707.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The chapter challenges the inferentialist account of concept possession on which Boghossian relies in Chapter 2 in his account of the transmission of justification by deductive reasoning. Unorthodox ... More


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