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Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Presents

The Relevance of the Logic of Measurement to Psychometrics, Joel Michell

12/11/18, 4:00 PM

About this event

The Relevance of the Logic of Measurement to Psychometrics


Joel Michell
University of Sydney, Faculty of Science

The logic of measurement exposes the soft underbelly of psychometrics. Psychometric theories entail that constructs are continuous quantitative attributes and because the logic of measurement describes the structure of such attributes, it specifies the structure of constructs. Furthermore, since non-quantitative attributes exist, there is no a priori necessity for attributes to be quantitative and, so, the issue of whether any given attribute is quantitative is determinable only a posteriori; there is no hard evidence that constructs possess quantitative structure; therefore, there is no hard evidence that constructs are measurable. Thus, the logic of measurement shows any claim to measure constructs to be unwarranted.

Reception to follow in Arthur Upson Room, 102 Walter Library

This public lecture is free, no registration is required.
Contact: Janet McKernan mcps@umn.edu 612-625-6635

Also: Wednesday, December 12, 3:30 pm, N219 Elliott Hall
“The paradox of representational measurement” 
Joel Michell
Event Location
  • 101 Walter Library
  • 117 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States