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Scientific Representation, Denotation, and Fictional Entities

Suárez, Mauricio (2015) Scientific Representation, Denotation, and Fictional Entities. [Preprint]

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I critically review RIG Hughes’ Denotation-Demonstration-Interpretation account of scientific representation, focusing in particular on the representation of fictional entities in science. I find the original account lacking, but argue that it can be extended in suitable ways. In particular I argue that an extension of this account that weakens the denotation and interpretation conditions can accommodate fictions. This extension also reveals the essential deflationary nature of scientific representation, by bringing into relief the functional roles of denotation and interpretation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Suárez, Mauriciomsuarez@filos.ucm.es
Additional Information: Forthcoming in U. Maki et al (Eds.) EPSA13: European Philosophy of Science Association @ Helsinki, Springer.
Keywords: Scientific Representation, Modelling, Fictions, Denotation
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: Mauricio Suárez
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2015 15:31
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 15:31
Item ID: 11247
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Date: 2015
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11247

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