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Quantity and Quality: Some Aspects of Measurement

Arnold Koslow
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1982, Volume One: Contributed Papers (1982), pp. 183-198
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/192666
Page Count: 16
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Quantity and Quality: Some Aspects of Measurement
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Abstract

A description is given of the quantitative-qualitative distinction for terms in theories of measurable attributes, and, adjoined to that account, a suggestion is made concerning the sense in which empirical relational systems have an empirical attribute as their topic or focus. Since this characterization of quantitative terms, relative to a partition, makes no explicit reference to numbers, concatenation operations, or ordering relations, we show how our results are related to some standard theorems in the literature. Analogs of representation and uniqueness theorems are proved, and the notions of exact quantitative term and the underlying attribute of a quantitative term, are described and studied.

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