Techniques and Methods of Science from a Structuralist Point of View

  • Martin Rotter
Part of the Trends in Logic book series (TREN, volume 17)


In the first part I want to explain what the main metatheoretical aspects of the Structuralist Theory of Science are. It will be illustrated which technical tools within the Structuralist’s program are developed, which make possible a lot of applications to empirical sciences. One of the main applications is reconstructions of empirical theories within a semantic approach founded on informal set theory. These techniques will be illustrated within Quantum Theories like Wave Mechanics and Matrix Mechanics. Finally I want to discuss how analogy could be comprehended as an intertheoretical relation within this metatheoretical frame.


Potential Model Scientific Theory Intended Application Structuralist Point Bijective Function 
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  1. 1.
    Cf. [Mou096]Google Scholar
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    Cf. [BalMou0Sne87, Ch.VIII.l] for a detailed definition.Google Scholar
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    The notation αi [x] means that the sentence αi is true for the structure x. Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Rotter
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  1. 1.Seminar für Mathematik und ihre DidaktikUniversität zu KölnKölnGermany

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