Empirical adequacy: A partial structures approach

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Based on da Costa's and French's notions of partial structures and pragmatic truth, this paper examines two possible characterizations of the concept of empirical adequacy, one depending on the notion of partial isomorphism, the other on the hierarchy of partial models of phenomena, and both compatible with an empiricist view. These formulations can then be employed to illuminate certain aspects of scientific practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-610
Number of pages26
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1997


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  • History and Philosophy of Science

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