A Model-Theoretic Realist Interpretation of Science / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402007293
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 6/30/2002
  • Series: Synthese Library Series, #311
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The notion of "model" in philosophy of science 1
1 The interpretation and use of the notion of "model" in philosophy of science 1
2 Heuristic uses of the notion of "model" 2
3 Statement and non-statement variations of the notion of "model" 5
4 Other methodological uses of the notion of "model": Economics 8
Ch. 2 A model-theoretic account of science 12
1 Introduction 12
2 Terminological note 17
3 The formulation of scientific theories 22
4 The primary semantic interpretation of scientific theories 26
5 The empirical interpretation of scientific theories 29
6 Theories and models in methodological studies of economics 34
7 The problem of "over-determination" of theories by empirical models 44
Ch. 3 The statement account of science 62
1 Introduction 62
2 The two-language view of scientific theories 63
3 Theories and non-observables 65
4 Rules of correspondence 68
5 Ramsey sentences and Putnam's paradox 76
Ch. 4 Variations on the non-statement view of science 91
1 Introduction 91
2 Patrick Suppes's set-theoretic approach to science 91
3 The structuralist programme 97
4 The semantic approaches of Beth, Van Fraassen, and Suppe 108
5 Ronald Giere's naturalistic approach to science 116
6 Nancy Cartwright's "simulacrum" account of science 119
Ch. 5 A model-theoretic realism 141
1 Introduction 141
2 Reality and science 143
3 A modified image of science 145
4 The process of science: Paradigms and models 149
5 The "abstract" and the "concrete" 158
6 Empirical adequacy 163
7 Conclusion: The meaning of model-theoretic realism 166
Bibliography 181
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