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The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science

Physical Theory as Logico-Operational Structure

Editors: Hooker, Cliff (Ed.)

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In two earlier volumes, entitled The Logico-Algebraic Approach to Quan­ tum Mechanics (hereafter LAA I, II), I have presented collections of research papers which trace out the historical development and contem­ porary flowering of a particular approach to physical theory. One might characterise this approach as the extraction of an abstract logico-algebraic skeleton from each physical theory and the reconstruction of the physical theory as construction of mathematical and interpretive 'flesh' (e. g. , measures, operators, mappings etc. ) on this skeleton. The idea is to show how the specific features of a theory that are easily seen in application (e. g. , 'interference' among observables in quantum mechanics) arise out of the character of its core abstract structure. In this fashion both the deeper nature of a theory (e. g. , in what precise sense quantum mechanics is strongly statistical) and the deeper differences between theories (e. g. clas­ sical mechanics, though also a 'mechanics', is not strongly statistical) are penetratingly illuminated. What I would describe as the 'mainstream' logico-algebraic tradition is captured in these two collections of papers (LAA I, II). The abstract, structural approach to the characterisation of physical theory has been the basis of a striking transformation, in this century, in the understanding of theories in mathematical physics. There has emerged clearly the idea that physical theories are most significantly characterised by their abstract structural components.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physical Theory as Logico-Operational Structure
Editors
  • Cliff Hooker
Series Title
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
7
Copyright
1979
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-9769-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-9769-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-0711-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-009-9771-4
Series ISSN
1566-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 336
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