The Validation of Scientific Theories by Philipp G. Frank

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It is without doubt one of the major sources of all the nonsensical talk that passes for an operational theory of meaning. What seemed attractive in it was probably the substitution of something comfortably concrete, operations, for something suspiciously abstract, meaning. me say one word in conclusion. Even if one discounts some meanings that are not difficult to analyze, 'meaning is still not a Let 7 Thus no univocal or one-track theory will do. who adopt one must blunder somewhere sooner or univocal term.

Instrumentalism stems from an exaggerated and subtly twisted emphasis on doing or manipulating. Practically, experimentation as we must act if we want to indispensable in science, just I put it strongly in order to and survive. In principle, however, is the point, if only we lived long enough and were patient and wait until enough, we could choose to remain spectators those situations that we in fact so ingeniously contrive occur, as make one says, by chance. Logically, what matters is that they hapThis alone shows that the pen, not that we make thorn happen.

Sides believe that for a technical discussion it is neces- sary to construct formalisms or ideal languages that are, in a familiar sense, abstracts or schematic reconstructions of our natural language. For the rest, there are two issues in this area, not one. An explicit definition is also complete in that, if it is once stated, nothing can be added to it; to add to it or to change otherwise is to propose an alternative reconstruction. Reduction pairs may be supplemented by further reduction pairs.

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