Kant, Wittgenstein, Objectivity, and Structural Equations Modeling

  • Stanley A. Mulaik
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Since 1980 I have written a number of papers on how philosophy of science themes relate to statistical practices. My earliest and latest efforts in this regard have exposed and criticized the pervasive influence of classical empiricism on multivariate statistical practice (Mulaik 1985, 1987a, 1988, 1991a, in press). Classical multivariate statistics, I argue, are but mathematical emulations of the associative processes that empiricism postulated were the basis by which we acquire knowledge. But empiricism is no longer the received view of the philosophy of science and should no longer be the philosophical foundation on which multivariate statistical practice rests.


Latent Variable Sense Impression Common Concept Associative Process Pure Reason 


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  • Stanley A. Mulaik
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  1. 1.School of PsychologyGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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