Scientific Theories as Intervening Representations

Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 21 (1):21-38 (2010)
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In this paper we use some ideas of Hertz and Duhem to propose a new concept of representation that overcomes the dichotomy between representation and intervention. It is based on the category-theoretical notion of adjoint situations and is used to explain the relation between empirical facts and theoretical laws in a new way.

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Thomas Mormann
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München (PhD)

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