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Choosing the Analytic Component of Theories

Lutz, Sebastian (2014) Choosing the Analytic Component of Theories. [Preprint]

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I provide a compact reformulation of Carnap's conditions of adequacy for the analytic and the synthetic component of a theory and show that, contrary to arguments by Winnie and Demopoulos, the conditions need not be supplemented. Specifically, the axiomatization and the observational vocabulary of a theory determine its synthetic component uniquely but leave some freedom in the choice of its analytic component. This throws a new light on the process of the rational reconstruction of theories and renders adequate a suggestion by Bedard for the interpretation of theoretical terms (when expressed within the confines of standard predicate logic). I suggest a possible analytic component for theories that is stronger than the Carnap sentence and thus closer to Bedard's suggestion.


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Lutz, Sebastiansebastian.lutz@gmx.net
Keywords: analyticity; analytic-synthetic distinction; Carnap sentence; Ramsey sentence; reduction sentence; Przełęcki reduction pair; relativization sentence
Subjects: General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Sebastian Lutz
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2014 20:04
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2014 20:04
Item ID: 11085
Subjects: General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 25 October 2014
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11085

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