Metrical Concepts and Measurement in the Humanities

  • Tadeusz Pawlowski
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 144)


The introduction and use of measurement contributed decisively to the formation of modern science and gave it that social importance which it possesses today. Until quite recently, measurement was applied only in exact and engineering sciences. The spectacular results made possible in those sciences by their mathematization encouraged many to apply mathematics also in disciplines traditionally regarded as unamenable to mathematical treatment. The introduction of measurement to psychology and sociology changed the languages of those sciences. A new discipline has arisen in which the conceptual apparatus of mathematical information theory is used to describe and analyse art works and the phenomena of art reception: hence its name, informational aesthetics.1


Ordinal Scale Interval Scale Exact Science Quantitative Statement Meaningful Sentence 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tadeusz Pawlowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyUniversity of LodzPoland

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