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theoretical construct

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


E pistemology, philosophy of science Also theoretical term, a term for something that is unobservable and postulated , such as force, atoms, field, or electrons. According to logical positivism , these postulated items do not really exist, and these concepts are merely economical devices or constructs that are used to explain observable phenomena. It has been a matter of dispute in the philosophy of science whether theoretical terms can be eliminated or replaced by observational terms . Scientific realists reject the notion of a theoretical construct as an interpretation of theoretical terms and accept that theoretical entities in true theories really exist. “… ‘theoretical constructs’ … cannot be mentioned in observation statements.” Pap, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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