Another solution to the problem of theoretical terms

Erkenntnis 69 (3):315 - 333 (2008)
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In this paper, a solution to the problem of theoretical terms is developed that is based on Carnap’s doctrine of indirect interpretation of theoretical terms. This doctrine will be given a semantic, model-theoretic explanation that is not given by Carnap himself as he remains content with a syntactic explanation. From that semantic explanation, rules for the truth-value assignment to postulates, i.e. sentences that determine the meaning of theoretical terms, are derived. The logical status of postulates will be clarified thereby in such a way that the problem of theoretical terms disappears.
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    Rudolf Carnap (1959). Introduction to Semantics. Cambridge, Harvard University Press.
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