Dense and Sparse Meaning Spaces

Publication Year:
2012
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9110
Author(s):
Norton, John D.
preprint description
Contrary to the incommensurability thesis, I argue that the referents of theoretical terms can remain stable under theory change, if they are associated with “sparse meaning spaces.” In them, reference is error tolerant, for there are no alternatives in the neighborhood to which terms in altered descriptions can shift their reference.