Absoluteness and Conspiracy
I find myself uncomfortably holding a position which is halfway between Mackie’s and Dorling’s. I am in full sympathy with Mackie’s view that absolutism cannot be ruled out on general verificationist grounds. Anyway, I thought — rather naively — that operationalism and strict verificationism were long dead. The universal quantifiers, which most respectable theories involve, constitute to my mind an insuperable obstacle to verificationism; unless of course it is assumed that the domain of discourse of such theories in finite, or at least discrete; an assumption which is unverifiable. As for operationalism, I took it for granted that the attempts to reduce all theoretical concepts to empirically decidable ones had failed; unless one weakens the operationalist requirement by admitting entities which are indirectly detectable; but then all concepts occurring in an empirically testable theory can be regarded as being ‘observational’ in this wider sense of the word.
KeywordsLorentz Transformation Sufficient Reason Inertial System Correspondence Theory Relativistic Counterpart
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