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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