What is metaphysical equivalence?

Miller, Kristie (2005) What is metaphysical equivalence?. Philosophical Papers, 34 1: 35-74. doi:10.1080/05568640509485150

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Author Miller, Kristie
Title What is metaphysical equivalence?
Journal name Philosophical Papers   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0556-8641
Publication date 2005-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/05568640509485150
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Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 35
End page 74
Total pages 40
Place of publication Grahamstown, South Africa
Publisher Philosophical Papers
Language eng
Subject 440107 Metaphysics
Abstract Theories are metaphysically equivalent just if there is no fact of the matter that could render one theory true and the other false. In this paper I argue that if we are judiciously to resolve disputes about whether theories are equivalent or not, we need to develop testable criteria that will give us epistemic access to the obtaining of the relation of metaphysical equivalence holding between those theories. I develop such ‘diagnostic’ criteria. I argue that correctly inter-translatable theories are metaphysically equivalent, and what we need are ways of determining whether a putative translation is correct or not. To that end I develop a number of tools we can employ to discern whether a translation is a correct one.
Keyword Equivalence
Theoretical equivalence
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