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Fictionalism, Realism, Empiricism on Scientific Models

Liu, Chuang (2014) Fictionalism, Realism, Empiricism on Scientific Models. [Preprint]

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Abstract

This paper defends an approach to modeling and models in science that is against model fictionalism of a recent stripe (the “new fictionalism” that takes models to be abstract entities that are analogous to works of fiction). It further argues that there is a version of fictionalism on models to which my approach is neutral and which only makes sense if one adopts a special sort of antirealism (e.g. constructive empiricism). Otherwise, my approach strongly suggests that one stays away from fictionalism and embraces realism directly.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Liu, Chuanglogics@ufl.edu
Keywords: models, representation, realism, empiricism, fictionalism, maps, reference
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Chuang Liu
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2014 15:04
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2014 15:04
Item ID: 11162
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 20 November 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11162

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