|Positivism as Meta-Logic by Nathan Coppedge 2008.
By this I mean two things:
1. The logic of principles supercedes experiment, because without such
principles the experiment would be meaningless. Perhaps the objective
state of the world does not depend on those principles, yet the accurate
operation of the experiment depends more on the formulation of results
than on the state of the world.
For example, how do we determine what's interesting (in an experiment)?
There must be certain categories or properties which merit interest.
Deriving results depends on comparing two interesting things. So there
must be a principle of correspondence.
2. Since certain principles are the foundation for deriving truth from
experiment, it follows that such principles are an appropriate ground for
non-experimental positivism--a second type in which universal laws of
correspondence can be tapped for special cases and therefore special
solutions, ranging from new types of bottlecaps to over-unity devices.
The greatest inventors are well aware that the correct experiment would
be impossible to find without a considerable appreciation of the second
type of positivism: positivism as meta-logic, as an internal method for
Since the art of inventing concerns originality and special utility, we can say
that it concerns "The Principle of Asymmetry" within the meta-logic of
My unbalanced (although non-perpetual) wheel by the same name can be
found under "Principled Asymmetry".
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