Elimination of Theoretical Concepts
It is generally agreed that explanation and prediction are central functions of scientific theories. It can be argued that explanation and prediction are subactivities of scientific systematization, broadly understood (cf. Hempel (1958), p. 174). Scientific systematization consists of deductive and inductive systematization. These notions will be defined below. Later we shall be concerned with the role of theoretical concepts in scientific explanation (and, to some extent, in prediction as well). It will indeed then be seen that at least some interesting aspects of explanation and prediction are special cases of our broad notion of scientific systematization.
KeywordsScientific Systematization Theoretical Concept Deductive Systematization Replacement Programme Inductive Systematization
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