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Another Solution to the Problem of Theoretical Terms

Holger Andreas
Erkenntnis (1975-)
Vol. 69, No. 3 (Nov., 2008), pp. 315-333
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40267394
Page Count: 19
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Another Solution to the Problem of Theoretical Terms
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Abstract

In this paper, a solution to the problem of theoretical terms is developed that is based on Camap's doctrine of indirect interpretation of theoretical terms. This doctrine will be given a semantic, model-theoretic explanation that is not given by Carnap himself as he remains content with a syntactic explanation. From that semantic explanation, rules for the truth-value assignment to postulates, i.e. sentences that determine the meaning of theoretical terms, are derived. The logical status of postulates will be clarified thereby in such a way that the problem of theoretical terms disappears.

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