Theory and Observation


in Theory and Meaning

Published in print December 1979 | ISBN: 9780198245858
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680908 | DOI:
Theory and Observation

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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 at the arguments that establish the theory dependence of observation and undermine the distinction between observational and theoretical language. The upshot of these arguments is that earlier relativist difficulties about ‘theoretical’ terms become general.

Keywords: theoretical terms; empiricism; logical positivism; observation; theoretical language; theory dependence

Chapter.  12440 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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