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Theories, models and structures: thirty years on

French, S.R.D. and da Costa, N. (2000) Theories, models and structures: thirty years on. Philosophy of Science, 67 (Supple). S116-S127. ISSN 0031-8248

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Thirty years after the conference that gave rise to The Structure of Scientific Theories, there is renewed interest in the nature of theories and models. However, certain crucial issues from thirty years ago are reprised in current discussions; specifically: whether the diversity of models in the science can be captured by some unitary account; and whether the temporal dimension of scientific practice can be represented by such an account. After reviewing recent developments we suggest that these issues can be accommodated within the partial structures formulation of the semantic or model-theoretic approach.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2000 University of Chicago Press. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007 12:26
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 08:33
Published Version: http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0031-8248%2820000...
Status: Published
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3224

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