• A choice-semantical approach to theoretical truth

  • A central topic in the logic of science concerns the proper semantic analysis of theoretical sentences, that is sentences containing theoretical terms. In this paper, we present a novel choice-semantical account of theoretical truth based on the epsilon-term definition of theoretical terms. Specifically, we develop two ways of specifying the truth conditions of theoretical statements in a choice functional semantics, each giving rise to a corresponding logic of such statements. In order to investigate the inferential strength of these logical systems, we provide a translation of each truth definition into a modal definition of theoretical truth. Based on this, we show that the stronger notion of choice-semantical truth captures more adequately our informal semantic understanding of scientific statements.

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  • http://phaidra.univie.ac.at/o:627958

  • Article

  • Draft

  • 2016

  • 58

  • 1-23

  • Elsevier BV

  • English

  • Closed access

  • 0039-3681