Criteria of Empirical Significance: Foundations, Relations, Applications

Dissertation, Utrecht University (2012)
Abstract
This dissertation consists of three parts. Part I is a defense of an artificial language methodology in philosophy and a historical and systematic defense of the logical empiricists' application of an artificial language methodology to scientific theories. These defenses provide a justification for the presumptions of a host of criteria of empirical significance, which I analyze, compare, and develop in part II. On the basis of this analysis, in part III I use a variety of criteria to evaluate the scientific status of intelligent design, and further discuss confirmation, reduction, and concept formation.
Keywords empirical significance  ideal language philosophy  artificial language philosophy  analyticity  concept formation  Received View  logical empiricism  syntactic view  semantic view
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