Understanding Scientific Theories: An Assessment of Developments, 1969-1998

@article{Suppe2000UnderstandingST,
  title={Understanding Scientific Theories: An Assessment of Developments, 1969-1998},
  author={F. Suppe},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={2000},
  volume={67},
  pages={S102 - S115}
}
  • F. Suppe
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology, Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
The positivistic Received View construed scientific theories syntactically as axiomatic calculi where theoretical terms were given a partial semantic interpretation via correspondence rules connecting them to observation statements. This paper assesses what, with hindsight, seem the most important defects in the Received View; surveys the main proposed successor analyses to the Received View--various Semantic Conception versions and the Structuralist Analysis; evaluates how well they avoid… Expand
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