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Symbolic versus Modelistic Elements in Scientific Modeling

Liu, Chuang (2015) Symbolic versus Modelistic Elements in Scientific Modeling. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 30 (2). pp. 287-300. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

In this paper, we argue that symbols are conventional vehicles whose chief function is denotation, while models are epistemic vehicles, and their chief function is to show what their targets are like in the relevant aspects. And we explain why this is incompatible with the deflationary view on scientific modeling. Although the same object may serve both functions, the two vehicles are conceptually distinct and most models employ both elements. With the clarification of this point we offer an alternative account to the deflationary view – the Hybrid Account; and we defend our account in contrast with deflationism.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Liu, Chuangcliu@phil.ufl.edu
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: symbol; model; scientific representation; reference; denotation; conventional; epistemic; pragmatic
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 19:18
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 19:18
Item ID: 12151
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.12863
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: May 2015
Page Range: pp. 287-300
Volume: 30
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12151

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