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Beyond the Metrological Viewpoint

Baccelli, Jean (2018) Beyond the Metrological Viewpoint. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The representational theory of measurement (RTM) has long been the central paradigm in the philosophy of measurement. Such is not the case anymore, partly under the influence of the critique according to which RTM offers too poor descriptions of the measurement procedures actually followed in science. This can be called the metrological critique of RTM. I claim that the critique is partly irrelevant. This is because, in general, RTM is not in the business of describing measurement procedures, be it in idealized form. To support this claim, I present various cases where RTM can be said to investigate measurement without providing any measurement procedure. Such limit cases lead to a better understanding of the RTM project. They also illustrate some of the questions which the philosophy of measurement can explore, when it is ready to go beyond the metrological viewpoint.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Baccelli, Jeanjean.baccelli@gmail.com0000-0003-0275-0377
Keywords: measurement, representational measurement theory, metrology, measurement procedure, representation theorem, uniqueness, measurement scale, Narens
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Jean Baccelli
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2019 15:07
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2019 15:07
Item ID: 16226
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2018.12.002
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16226

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