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Introduction

DAVID PAPINEAU

in Theory and Meaning

Published in print December 1979 | ISBN: 9780198245858
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680908 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245858.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter sets out the focus of the book, namely those aspects of the theory of meaning for scientific terms that are relevant to questions about the evaluation of scientific theories. The book argues that the meanings of all scientific terms, including those used to report observations, are inseparable from the total context of surrounding theory and so will inevitably vary with theoretical change, but that this is quiet consistent with a broadly objectivist account of science. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: theory of meaning; scientific terms; scientific theories

Chapter.  1200 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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