Making worlds with symbols

Making worlds with symbols Synthese https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-018-1811-y S.I.: MODELING AND REPRESENTATION Paul Teller Received: 4 February 2017 / Accepted: 10 May 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract I modify and generalize Carnap’s notion of frameworks as a way of unpack- ing Goodman’s metaphor of “making worlds with symbols”. My frameworks provide, metaphorically, a way of making worlds out of symbols in as much as all our framework-bound access to the world is through frameworks that always stand to be improved in accuracy, precision, and usually both. Such improvement is characterized in pragmatist terms. Keywords Frameworks · Common ground · Disciplinary matrices · Inexact models · Scientific realism · Perspectival realism 1 “Making worlds with symbols” as a metaphor for frameworks and what we do with them How might we understand Goodman’s provocative “Making worlds with symbols”? First, “worlds” is contentious. van Fraassen (2002, pp. 5–25) explores the far flung uses of the term and suggests a down-to-earth usage as indicating a domain of quantification (p. 22), as in “Everyone in the world of fashion”, or “in the world of poultry”. (p. 21) Such appeal to “worlds” indicates domains in an extremely loose and open-ended way. (Does the world http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Synthese Springer Journals

Making worlds with symbols

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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
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Philosophy; Philosophy of Science; Epistemology; Logic; Philosophy of Language; Metaphysics
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0039-7857
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1573-0964
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10.1007/s11229-018-1811-y
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Synthese https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-018-1811-y S.I.: MODELING AND REPRESENTATION Paul Teller Received: 4 February 2017 / Accepted: 10 May 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract I modify and generalize Carnap’s notion of frameworks as a way of unpack- ing Goodman’s metaphor of “making worlds with symbols”. My frameworks provide, metaphorically, a way of making worlds out of symbols in as much as all our framework-bound access to the world is through frameworks that always stand to be improved in accuracy, precision, and usually both. Such improvement is characterized in pragmatist terms. Keywords Frameworks · Common ground · Disciplinary matrices · Inexact models · Scientific realism · Perspectival realism 1 “Making worlds with symbols” as a metaphor for frameworks and what we do with them How might we understand Goodman’s provocative “Making worlds with symbols”? First, “worlds” is contentious. van Fraassen (2002, pp. 5–25) explores the far flung uses of the term and suggests a down-to-earth usage as indicating a domain of quantification (p. 22), as in “Everyone in the world of fashion”, or “in the world of poultry”. (p. 21) Such appeal to “worlds” indicates domains in an extremely loose and open-ended way. (Does the world

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