Analogy and Complementarity

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


Analogy is undoubtedly as prolific as it is treacherous. It can serve essentially three useful purposes. Heuristic use: for classing, generalising, finding new laws, building new theories, and interpreting new formulas. Computational use: for solving computation problems by handling analogues (e.g., electrical models of mechanical systems). Experimental use: for solving problems of empirical test by handling analogues, particularly replicas and simulates (e.g., experimental stress analysis of steel bodies on translucent plastic replicas). We shall focus here on the first function of analogy, as found in the quantum theory.


Quantum Theory Physical Theory Classical Physic Classical Analogue Classical Term 
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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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