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Intentional Models as Essential Scientific Tools

Hochstein, Eric (2013) Intentional Models as Essential Scientific Tools. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science,, 27 (2). pp. 199-217.

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In this article, I argue that the use of scientific models that attribute intentional content to complex systems bears a striking similarity to the way in which statistical descriptions are used. To demonstrate this, I compare and contrast an intentional model with a statistical model, and argue that key similarities between the two give us compelling reasons to consider both as a type of phenomenological model. I then demonstrate how intentional descriptions play an important role in scientific methodology as a type of phenomenal model, and argue that this makes them as essential as any other model of this type.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Hochstein, Ericeghochst@gmail.com
Keywords: Intentionality; intentional model; statistical model; phenomenological model; mechanistic model; propositional attitude; prediction; explanation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Dr. Eric Hochstein
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2015 22:55
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2015 22:55
Item ID: 11714
Journal or Publication Title: International Studies in the Philosophy of Science,
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0269859...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/02698595.2013.813251
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Date: 2013
Page Range: pp. 199-217
Volume: 27
Number: 2
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11714

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