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A Representational Reconstruction of Carnap's Quasianalysis

Thomas Mormann
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1994, Volume One: Contributed Papers (1994), pp. 96-104
https://www.jstor.org/stable/193015
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A Representational Reconstruction of Carnap's Quasianalysis
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Abstract

According to general wisdom, Carnap's quasianalysis is an ingenious but definitively flawed approach to epistemology and philosophy of science. I argue that this assessment is mistaken. Rather, Carnapian quasianalysis can be reconstructed as a special case of a general theory of structural representation. This enables us to exploit some interesting analogies of quasianalysis with the representational theory of measurement. It is shown how Goodman's well-known objections against the quasianalytical approach may be defused in the new framework. As an application, I sketch how the thesis of empirical underdetermination of theories may be elucidated in the framework of quasianalysis.