PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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RTM and psychometrics as partial approaches to measurement

Erik Angner has argued that simultaneous endorsement of the representational theory of measurement (RTM) and psychometrics leads to inconsistency. His claim rests on an implicit assumption: RTM and psychometrics are full-fledged approaches to measurement. I argue that RTM and psychometrics are only partial approaches that deal with different aspects of measurement, and that therefore simultaneous endorsement of the two is not inconsistent. The argument has implications for the improvement of measurement practices.

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Elina Vessonen    
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Cambridge


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