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Philosophical and Foundational Issues in Measurement Theory by Philip Ehrlich, C. Wade Savage

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Conventionalism inMeasurement Theory

Brian Ellis

La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia

The conventionalist program of analysis and rational reconstruction of science was seriously undermined by the movements toward epistemological holism and scientific realism in the 1960s, and very little work is now being done in this tradition. The holists argued that the distinctions required for the program could not be made satisfactorily; the realists claimed that the accepted laws and theories of science should be interpreted, more or less as they are, as literally true statements about the world and, hence, that rational reconstruction is unnecessary. However, I am convinced that something important was lost in this process, and I want to ...

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