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A Parser as an Epistemic Artefact: A Material View on Models

Knuuttila, Tarja and Voutilainen, Atro (2002) A Parser as an Epistemic Artefact: A Material View on Models. [Preprint]

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    The purpose of this paper is to suggest that models in scientific practice can be conceived of as epistemic artefacts. Approaching models this way accommodates many such things that working scientists themselves call models but which the semantic conception of models does not duly recognize as such. That models are epistemic artefacts implies, firstly, that they cannot be understood apart from purposeful human activity. Secondly, it implies that they are somehow materialized inhabitants of the intersubjective field of human activity. Thirdly, it implies that models can function also as knowledge objects. We argue that models as epistemic artefacts give knowledge in many other ways than just via direct representative links. To substantiate our view we use an example of a language-technological artefact, a parser.

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Models and Idealization, Technology, Specific Sciences, General Philosophy of Science
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Program Committee
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1080

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