The philosophical significance of the Representational Theory of Measurement: RTM as semantic foundations

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The Representational Theory of Measurement (RTM), especially the canonical three volume Foundations of Measurement by Krantz et al., is a landmark accomplishment in our understanding of measurement. Despite this, it has been far from easy to pinpoint what exactly we can learn about measurement from RTM, and who the target audience for RTM’s formal results should be. In what sense does RTM provide foundations of measurement, and what is the philosophical significance of such foundations? I argue that RTM provides semantic foundations of measurement and that their philosophical significance lies in a shift towards structural representation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-107
JournalCritica
Volume55
Issue number163
Early online date12 May 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 May 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • structuralism
  • structural representation
  • structural similarity
  • meaningfulness
  • invariance

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