Philosophy Compass 8 (12):1159-1173 (2013)

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Eran Tal
McGill University
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The philosophy of measurement studies the conceptual, ontological, epistemic, and technological conditions that make measurement possible and reliable. A new wave of philosophical scholarship has emerged in the last decade that emphasizes the material and historical dimensions of measurement and the relationships between measurement and theoretical modeling. This essay surveys these developments and contrasts them with earlier work on the semantics of quantity terms and the representational character of measurement. The conclusions highlight four characteristics of the emerging research program in philosophy of measurement: it is epistemological, coherentist, practice oriented, and model based
Keywords Measurement  Models  Scientific representation  Coherentism  Information  Instruments  Computer simulation
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12089
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