Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Theoretical terms: Theoretical terms are expressions for unobservable objects which are indirectly derived from the application of their methods by a theory, and which are in accordance with the application rules of the vocabulary of the theory. See also unobservable, observation, observation language, observation sentences, Carnap conditional, Ramsey sentence, existence.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Theoretical Terms/th.t. / Fraassen: they have a meaning only by their association with observables. - Therefore, two theories can say the same thing, although they formally contradict themselves! - But they only contradictory if regarded as literally. - Positivism: thesis: the importance of the th.t. comes from the observable - Positivism: they agree in their observational consequences.
I 11
th.t. / Fraassen: it is often not clear whether they refer to concrete or mathematical entities. - E.g. "powers"/power: sometimes regarded as not specifically mathematically, only the existence of certain features is maintained. - This is controversial.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

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B. van Fraassen
The Scientific Image Oxford 1980

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-07-28