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There Is A Special Problem of Scientific Representation

Boesch, Brandon (2017) There Is A Special Problem of Scientific Representation. [Preprint]

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Callender and Cohen (2006) argue that there is no need for a special account of the constitution of scientific representation. I argue that scientific representation is communal and therefore deeply tied to the practice in which it is embedded. The communal nature is accounted for by licensing, the activities of scientific practice by which scientists establish a representation. A case study of the Lotka-Volterra model reveals how the licensure is a constitutive element of the representational relationship. Thus, any account of the constitution of scientific representation must account for licensing, meaning that there is a special problem of scientific representation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Boesch, Brandonboeschb@gmail.com0000-0002-6092-1333
Keywords: Scientific Representation, Models, Lotka-Volterra,
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Brandon Boesch
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 20:44
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 20:44
Item ID: 13257
Official URL: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/69398...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1086/693989
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: December 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13257

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