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Marcoen J. T. F. Cabbolet
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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In philosophy of science, several views have been espoused on the meaning of the term 'theory'; among these are the syntactic view and the semantic view. But even after decades of debate, no consensus has been reached on an all-encompassing positively defined view on theories. Here we take that to mean that the outcome of the debate is that such an all-encompassing view is nonexisting. Correspondingly, the purpose of this paper is to present a pluralist view on theories: it is negatively defined, yet it may break the deadlock in the ongoing debate on the meaning of 'theory'.
Keywords syntactic view of theories  semantic view of theories  received view of theories
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