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Mental RepresentationsA dual coding approach$
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Allan Paivio

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780195066661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195066661.001.0001

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Meta-theoretical Issues and Perspectives

Meta-theoretical Issues and Perspectives

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(p.3) 1 Meta-theoretical Issues and Perspectives
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Mental Representations
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Allan Paivio

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195066661.003.0001

This chapter focuses on the general contrast between rationalistic and empiricistic philosophies of science, and certain specific issues that are usually associated with it. These include formalism versus informalism in theory construction and explanation, the distinction between observational and theoretical terms, the terminal meta-postulate as a logical limitation of certain empiricistic theories, and the role of operationism in contemporary research and theory.

Keywords:   rationalism, empiricism, formalism, informalism, operationism, philosophy of science

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