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By Wolfgang Balzer;C.U. Moulines;J.D. Sneed

This e-book has grown out of 8 years of shut collaboration between its authors. From the very starting we made up our minds that its content material may still pop out because the results of a really universal attempt. that's, we didn't "distribute" components of the textual content deliberate to every one in all us. to the contrary, we made some degree that every unmarried paragraph be the made of a standard mirrored image. real team-work isn't really as traditional in philosophy because it is in different educational disciplines. we predict, despite the fact that, that this can be extra as a result of idiosyncrasy of philosophers than to the character in their topic. shut collaboration with optimistic effects is as worthwhile as whatever could be, however it can also turn out to be really tough to enforce. In our case, a part of the problems got here from basically geographic separation. This prompted unsuspected delays in coordinating the paintings. yet greater than this, as time handed, the buildup of specific effects and concepts outran our skill to slot them into an natural solidarity. diversified forms of exposition, alternative ways of formalization, diverse degrees of complexity have been concurrently found in a voluminous manuscript that had develop into thoroughly unmanageable. specifically, a component to the textual content have been conceived within the language of classification conception and hired principles of a slightly summary nature, whereas one other half used to be expounded within the extra traditional set-theoretic sort, stressing intui­ tivity and concreteness.

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1 MODELS AND POTENTIAL MODELS Whenever a scientific theory has attained a certain degree of maturity and conceptual determinacy, we can set about identifying its models - those things the theory deals with. The basic units of our analysis of scientific theories will be models - not statements, as in other approaches to the foundations of science. Theories which have not attained the level of determinacy where its models can be identified, fall out of the scope of the present work. This should not be understood as an evaluative judgement.

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