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Identifiability and the Status of Theoretical Terms

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Much recent discussion about the structure of scientific theories has centered on the status of theoretical terms, that is, terms whose direct referents are not observables. It has been asked whether such terms are always definable, or if not definable, whether they are always eliminable. Another line of inquiry asks under what circumstances theoretical terms, or sentences containing them are meaningful; and still another asks under what circumstances they are identifiable, that is, can be estimated from observational data.

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Simon, H.A. (1977). Identifiability and the Status of Theoretical Terms. In: Butts, R.E., Hintikka, J. (eds) Basic Problems in Methodology and Linguistics. The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science, vol 11. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-0837-1_4

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