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Models and Fiction

Frigg, Roman (2010) Models and Fiction. Synthese, 172 (2). pp. 251-268.

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Most scientific models are not physical objects, and this raises important questions. What sort of entity are models, what is truth in a model, and how do we learn about models? In this paper I argue that models share important aspects in common with literary fiction, and that therefore theories of fiction can be brought to bear on these questions. In particular, I argue that the pretence theory as developed by Walton (1990) has the resources to answer these questions. I introduce this account, outline the answers that it offers, and develop a general picture of scientific modelling based on it.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Frigg, Romanr.p.frigg@lse.ac.uk
Keywords: model, fiction, Walton, make-believe, pretence - pretense, truth in fiction, semantic view of theories, structuralist view of models
Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Roman Frigg
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2014 16:36
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 16:36
Item ID: 11220
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11229-00...
Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: December 2010
Page Range: pp. 251-268
Volume: 172
Number: 2
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11220

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