Outline of a general model of measurement

Synthese 175 (2):123-149 (2010)
Abstract
Measurement is a process aimed at acquiring and codifying information about properties of empirical entities. In this paper we provide an interpretation of such a process comparing it with what is nowadays considered the standard measurement theory, i.e., representational theory of measurement. It is maintained here that this theory has its own merits but it is incomplete and too abstract, its main weakness being the scant attention reserved to the empirical side of measurement, i.e., to measurement systems and to the ways in which the interactions of such systems with the entities under measurement provide a structure to an empirical domain. In particular it is claimed that (1) it is on the ground of the interaction with a measurement system that a partition can be induced on the domain of entities under measurement and that relations among such entities can be established, and that (2) it is the usage of measurement systems that guarantees a degree of objectivity and intersubjectivity to measurement results. As modeled in this paper, measurement systems link the abstract theory of measuring, as developed in representational terms, and the practice of measuring, as coded in standard documents such as the International Vocabulary of Metrology.
Keywords Measurement  Objectivity  Intersubjectivity  Representational Theory Measurement
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-009-9466-3
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,182
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Basic Measurement Theory.Patrick Suppes & Joseph Zinnes - 1963 - In D. Luce (ed.), Journal of Symbolic Logic. John Wiley & Sons.. pp. 1--1.

View all 12 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Old and New Problems in Philosophy of Measurement.Eran Tal - 2013 - Philosophy Compass 8 (12):1159-1173.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-03-04

Total downloads

124 ( #39,252 of 2,172,038 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

7 ( #40,457 of 2,172,038 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums