Re: [pcp-discuss:] Comments please: beta release of paper on the purpose of formal systems

From: PRof. Gary Boyd (boydg@VAX2.CONCORDIA.CA)
Date: Thu Sep 28 2000 - 15:19:06 BST

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    Bruce and colleagues;
    on a first quick read your analysis, and criteria for identifying spurious
    formalisation ventures are
    very plausible, indeed are impressive.
    One area worth more work is I think your brief paragraph on Constructivist
    versus Realist approaches.
    It seems to me you might enjoy and the whole field could benefit
    from your engaging with the contemporary school of
    "Critical Realists" Notably led by Roy Bhaskar.
    The critical realists argue that the work of science is to construct models
    of the underlying `real' generative mechanisms which
    give rise to various experiences and observations, but which certainly are
    not mere statistical models of regularities in empirical observations.
    See for example the website for Critical Realism:
    Gary Boyd.
    At 12:15 28/09/2000 +0100, you wrote:
    >Please can I have comments upon the following paper?
    > The Purpose and Place of Formal Systems in the
    > Development of Science
    >CPM Report No.: 00-75
    >By: Bruce Edmonds
    >Date: 28th Septmeber 2000

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