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Wandering SignificanceAn Essay on Conceptual Behaviour$
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Mark Wilson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269259.001.0001

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(p.147) 4 * THEORY FACADES
Wandering Significance

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Because classical demands on conceptual understanding are quite strong and can prove potentially inhibiting within a scientific context, various philosopher/scientists in the late 19th century proposed that certain predicates could be provided with an alternative form of ‘meaning’ through distributed normativity, i.e., through implicit definition within a syntactic web of interconnection. Applied mathematics, however, warns that such globally unified webs often do not provide optimal descriptive platforms. On the basis of these considerations, it is argued that the ‘facades’ of Chapter 6 often represent better ‘linguistic engineering’ solutions to certain descriptive problems.

Keywords:   conceptual innovation, rigor, algorithm, axiomatics, formalism, facade, physics avoidance, property dragging

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