Mathematics, Measurement, Metaphor and Metaphysics I

  title={Mathematics, Measurement, Metaphor and Metaphysics I},
  author={William P. Fisher},
  journal={Theory \& Psychology},
  pages={753 - 790}
  • W. Fisher
  • Published 1 December 2003
  • Philosophy
  • Theory & Psychology
This paper relates philosophy’s metaphysical insistence on rigorous figure–meaning independence, and its own distrust of that insistence, to the potential for improved quantitative and qualitative methods in the sciences. Following Wittgenstein’s admonition that we pay attention to our nonsense, a kind of Socratic double vision is needed to simultaneously accept (1) that any meaningful discourse necessarily requires a significant degree of signifier–signified coordination, and (2) that an ideal… 
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