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Introduction to the Semantic Approach

Bas C. van Fraassen

in Laws and Symmetry

Published in print November 1989 | ISBN: 9780198248606
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597459 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198248601.003.0009

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Introduction to the Semantic Approach

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This approach, developed (under various names) in the twentieth century provides a model‐oriented view, identifying scientific theories in terms of classes of models and their relation to both nature and to the observable phenomena. Originally, it was offered in reaction to the syntactic, axiomatic view of theories that dominated logical positivist discussions of science; it has the merit of being equally hospitable to scientific realist and empiricist views. This chapter discusses specifically, theory structure, the relation between theoretical models and data models, interpretations of theories, and the many‐faceted character of experimentation.

Keywords: data models; empiricism; experimentation; models; phenomena; scientific realism; semantic approach; theories

Chapter.  6178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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