Scientific Theories as Intervening Representations

Theoria 55 (1):21 - 38 (2006)
Abstract
In this paper some classical representational ideas of Hertz and Duhem are used to show how the dichotomy between representation and intervention can be overcome. More precisely, scientific theories are reconstruected as complex networks of intervening representations (or representational interventions). The formal apparatus developed is applied to elucidate various theoretical and prctical aspects of the in vivo/in vitro problem of biochemistry. Moreover, adjoint situations (Galois connections) are used to eplain the relation between empirical facts and theoretical laws in a new way.
Keywords Representations  Adjoint Situations  In vivo/in vitro problem  Hertz, Duhem
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