A Model-Theoretic Realist Interpretation of Science

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 30, 2002 - Philosophy - 190 pages
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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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Contents

The Notion Of model In Philosophy Of Science
1
2 Heuristic uses of the notion of model
2
3 Statement and nonstatement variations of the notion of model
5
Economics
8
A Modeltheoretic account of science
13
2 Terminological note
18
3 The formulation of scientific theories
23
Theories
27
4 Rules of correspondence
69
5 Ramsey sentences and putnams paradox
77
Variations on the nonstatement view of Science
91
3 The structuralist programme
97
5 Ronald Gieres Naturalistic Approach To Science
116
A Modeltheoretic Realism
141
2 Reality and science
143
3 A modified image of science
145

5 The empirical interpretation of scientific theories
30
6 Theories and models in methodological studies of economic
35
7 The problem of overdetermination of theories by empirical models
45
The statement account of science
63
2 The twolanguage view of scientific theories
64
3 Theories and nonobservables
66
Paradigms and models
149
5 The abstract and the concrete
158
6 Empirical adequacy
163
The meaning of modeltheoretic realism
166
Bibliography
181
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