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Comments on Forge and Swoyer

  • Brian Ellis
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Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 5)

Abstract

The two authors whose papers I have been asked to comment on present contrasting theories of the nature of quantities and of quantitative relationships. One (John Forge) defends a version of the theory I presented in Basic Concepts of Measurement1; the other (Chris Swoyer) presents a realist theory of quantities of the sort I argued against. However, my position has since changed quite radically. For I no longer accept the theory of quantities Forge seeks to defend, and I find myself in very close agreement with Swoyer on most of the issues he discusses.

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Linear Order Natural Kind Scale Form Realist Theory Ratio Scale 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Ellis
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityAustralia

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