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What Was the Syntax-Semantics Debate in the Philosophy of Science About?

Lutz, Sebastian (2015) What Was the Syntax-Semantics Debate in the Philosophy of Science About? [Preprint]

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The debate between critics of syntactic and semantic approaches to the formalization of scientific theories has been going on for over 40 years. I review the debate in light of a recent exchange between Hans Halvorson, Clark Glymour, and Bas van Fraassen and argue that the only remaining disagreement concerns the alleged difference in the language dependence of syntactic and semantic approaches. This difference turns out to be illusory.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Lutz, Sebastiansebastian.lutz@gmx.net
Keywords: semantic approach, Suppes predicate, constructive empiricism, syntactic approach, received view, logical empiricism, model theory, definitional equivalence
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Sebastian Lutz
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2015 18:41
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015 18:41
Item ID: 11346
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: February 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11346

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