Joseph D. Sneed

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Joseph D. Sneed (born September 23, 1938) is an American physicist, and philosopher at the Colorado School of Mines.


With his book The Logical Structure of Mathematical Physics, published in 1971, and other important contributions to the philosophy of science Sneed founded the structural theory of the empirical sciences. He influenced Wolfgang Stegmuller and Thomas Kuhn.


  • J. D. Sneed, The Logical Structure of Mathematical Physics. Reidel, Dordrecht, 1971 (revised edition 1979).
  • W. Balzer, C. U. Moulines, J. D. Sneed, An Architectonic for Science: the Structuralist Approach. Reidel, Dordrecht, 1987.

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  • C. M. Dawe, "The Structure of Genetics", PhD dissertation. University of London. 1982.

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