Physical Theory: Overview

  • Mario Bunge
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 45)


Because the main concern of both the foundations and the philosophy of physics is the analysis and reconstruction of physical theories, it will be fitting to start by characterising a physical theory in general terms. At first sight this is a light task: in physics a theory is really nothing but a mathematical formalism endowed with a physical interpretation and capable of coexisting with other physical theories as well as of being checked by experiment. This looks fair and sounds simple but it is actually complex. Consider the following questions posed or evaded by the previous definition:


Physical Theory Model Object Special Theory Special Assumption Physical Concept 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Bunge
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  1. 1.Foundations and Philosophy of Science UnitMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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