Graduate studies at Western
Philosophy of Science 79 (2):183-206 (2012)
|Abstract||According to the semantic view of scientific theories, theories are classes of models. I show that this view -- if taken seriously as a formal explication -- leads to absurdities. In particular, this view equates theories that are truly distinct, and it distinguishes theories that are truly equivalent. Furthermore, the semantic view lacks the resources to explicate interesting theoretical relations, such as embeddability of one theory into another. The untenability of the semantic view -- as currently formulated -- threatens to undermine scientific structuralism.|
|Keywords||semantic view of scientific theories received view of scientific theories structural realism constructive empiricism|
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