Graduate studies at Western
PSA 1994 1:96 - 103 (1994)
|Abstract||According to general wisdom, Carnap's quasianalysis is an ingenious but definitively flawed approach to epistemology and philosophy of science. I argue that this assessment is mistaken. Rather, Carnapian quasianalysis can be reconstructed as a special case of a general theory of structural representation. This enables us to exploit some interesting analogies of quasianalysis with the representational theory of measurement. It is shown how Goodman's well-known objections against the quasianalytical approach may be defused in the new framework. As an application, I sketch how the thesis of empirical underdetermination of theories may be elucidated in the framework of quasianalysis|
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