Neurath's protocol statements: A naturalistic theory of data and pragmatic theory of theory acceptance

Philosophy of Science 60 (4):587-607 (1993)


Neurath's proposal for the form of protocol statements explicates the multiple embedding of a singular sentence as specifying different conditions for the acceptance of such a sentence as a bona fide scientific datum. Before theories are accepted or rejected in the light of such evidence, however, a further condition must be met which Neurath did not formalize. The different conditions are discussed and shown to constitute a naturalistic theory of scientific data and a pragmatic theory of theory acceptance

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Thomas Uebel
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