Defending the Semantic View: what it takes


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Soazig Le Bihan
University of Montana
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In this paper, a modest version of the Semantic View is motivated as both tenable and potentially fruitful for philosophy of science. An analysis is proposed in which the Semantic View is characterized by three main claims. For each of these claims, a distinction is made between stronger and more modest interpretations. It is argued that the criticisms recently leveled against the Semantic View hold only under the stronger interpretations of these claims. However, if one only commits to the modest interpretation for all the claims, then the view obtained, the Modest Semantic View, is tenable and fruitful for the philosophy of science
Keywords Models  Semantic View  Scientific theories  Scientific models  Structure  Structuralism
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DOI 10.1007/s13194-011-0026-6
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