Synthese 174 (3):367 - 383 (2010)

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Holger Andreas
University Of British Columbia, Okanagan
Abstract
Modal logic has been applied in many different areas, as reasoning about time, knowledge and belief, necessity and possibility, to mention only some examples. In the present paper, an attempt is made to use modal logic to account for the semantics of theoretical sentences in scientific language. Theoretical sentences have been studied extensively since the work of Ramsey and Carnap. The present attempt at a modal analysis is motivated by there being several intended interpretations of the theoretical terms once these terms are introduced through the axioms of a theory
Keywords Theoretical terms  Modal logic  Ramsey sentence  Carnap  Ramsey
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-009-9458-3
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