Definition and reduction

Philosophy of Science 28 (4):390-405 (1961)
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While I do not accept any current analysis of theoretical terms I also reject certain criticisms of them. Specifically, I reject the criticism that the paradoxes of material implication and the counterfactual problem eliminate the explicit definition view; and I also reject the criticism that explicitly defined theoretical terms do not refer to anything which "really exists" or do not have "excess meaning." I do argue, however, that the explicit definition view confuses and conflates the concepts of criterion and meaning analysis. I also defend reduction sentences against the counterfactual difficulty, but show, too, how this view is already logically committed to the network or postulational view of meaning. Finally, I show how the concept of reduction sentences confuses in several ways the concepts of criterion and meaning analysis--although not in quite the same way as explicit definitions do

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Hume and the Fiery Furnace.Edward H. Madden - 1971 - Philosophy of Science 38 (1):64-78.
Postulates and Meaning.Edward H. Madden & Murray J. Kiteley - 1962 - Philosophy of Science 29 (1):66-78.

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