A Model-Theoretic Realist Interpretation of Science / Edition 1

A Model-Theoretic Realist Interpretation of Science / Edition 1

by Emma Ruttkamp, Khalid Begain, Gunter Bolch
     
 

In this book Emma Ruttkamp demonstrates the power of the full-blown employment of the model-theoretic paradigm in the philosophy of science. Within this paradigm she gives an account of sciences as process and product. She expounds the "received statement" and the "non-statement" views of science, and shows how the model-theoretic approach resolves the spurious

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In this book Emma Ruttkamp demonstrates the power of the full-blown employment of the model-theoretic paradigm in the philosophy of science. Within this paradigm she gives an account of sciences as process and product. She expounds the "received statement" and the "non-statement" views of science, and shows how the model-theoretic approach resolves the spurious tension between these views. In this endeavour she also engages the views of a number of contemporary philosophers of science with affinity to model theory. This text can be read by specialists working in philosophy of science or formal semantics, by logicians working on the structure of theories, and by students in philosophy of science - this text offers a thorough introduction to non-statement accounts of sciences as well as a discussion of the traditional statement account of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402007293
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
06/30/2002
Series:
Synthese Library Series, #311
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1The notion of "model" in philosophy of science1
1The interpretation and use of the notion of "model" in philosophy of science1
2Heuristic uses of the notion of "model"2
3Statement and non-statement variations of the notion of "model"5
4Other methodological uses of the notion of "model": Economics8
Ch. 2A model-theoretic account of science12
1Introduction12
2Terminological note17
3The formulation of scientific theories22
4The primary semantic interpretation of scientific theories26
5The empirical interpretation of scientific theories29
6Theories and models in methodological studies of economics34
7The problem of "over-determination" of theories by empirical models44
Ch. 3The statement account of science62
1Introduction62
2The two-language view of scientific theories63
3Theories and non-observables65
4Rules of correspondence68
5Ramsey sentences and Putnam's paradox76
Ch. 4Variations on the non-statement view of science91
1Introduction91
2Patrick Suppes's set-theoretic approach to science91
3The structuralist programme97
4The semantic approaches of Beth, Van Fraassen, and Suppe108
5Ronald Giere's naturalistic approach to science116
6Nancy Cartwright's "simulacrum" account of science119
Ch. 5A model-theoretic realism141
1Introduction141
2Reality and science143
3A modified image of science145
4The process of science: Paradigms and models149
5The "abstract" and the "concrete"158
6Empirical adequacy163
7Conclusion: The meaning of model-theoretic realism166
Bibliography181

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