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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 15, Issue 3, Septiembre 2000

Jiri Syrovatka
Pages 435-450

Analogy and Understanding

Analogy is taken into consideration by its didactive and heuristic functions. Analogic changes are analyzed in the form of syntactic-semantic graphs. Their recognizable structural similarity corresponds to the syntax or semantics in the analogy. The concept of analogy has subjective and objective aspects. The explanation in analogies is a dynamic transition from one concept structure to another. The possibility of analogy in the world is a statement about the disposition of the world. The possibility of analogy asserts something about the behaviour of the environment. Analogy is considered as a means of explanation and a dynamic method of cognition.

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