Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Reduction, philosophy: reduction is the tracing back of a set of statements to another set of statements by rephrasing and replacing concepts of a subject domain by concepts from another subject domain. There must be conditions for the substitutability of a concept from the first domain by a concept from the second domain. An example of a reduction is the tracing back of mental concepts to physical concepts or to behavior. See also bridge laws, reductionism, translation, identity theory, materialism, physical/psychical, physicalism, eliminationism, functionalism, roles, indeterminacy.

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Reduction/Duhem: it condenses a large number of laws, which oppose us independently on a small number of principles. Ernst Mach: Reduction (thought economy) is the goal of science.


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P. Duhem
Ziel und Struktur der physikalischen Theorien Hamburg 1998


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