Epistemological Problems in the Philosophy of Science, II

Review of Metaphysics 22 (2):329 - 358 (1968)
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This article completes the study begun in I by a detailed consideration of errol harris's, "the foundations of metaphysics in science" and by an independent interpretation of the epistemological foundations of scientific theories. This is done in terms of two components labelled 'a physical language' and 'a mathematical language'. A physical language is conceived as a transformed extension of ordinary language which preserves its basic structural principles while modifying its descriptive metaphysics. The relation between such a physical language and a mathematical system is explained by a correspondence between second order physical predicates and first order mathematical predicates



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