Making Time: A Study in the Epistemology of Measurement

@article{Tal2016MakingTA,
  title={Making Time: A Study in the Epistemology of Measurement},
  author={Eran Tal},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={67},
  pages={297 - 335}
}
  • Eran Tal
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
This article develops a model-based account of the standardization of physical measurement, taking the contemporary standardization of time as its central case study. To standardize the measurement of a quantity, I argue, is to legislate the mode of application of a quantity concept to a collection of exemplary artefacts. Legislation involves an iterative exchange between top-down adjustments to theoretical and statistical models regulating the application of a concept, and bottom-up… Expand
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