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The Turn of the Valve: Representing with Material Models

Frigg, Roman and Nguyen, James (2017) The Turn of the Valve: Representing with Material Models. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Many scientific models are representations. Building on Goodman and Elgin’s notion of representation-as we analyse what this claim involves by providing a general definition of what makes something a scientific model and formulating a novel account of how they represent. We call the result the DEKI account of representation, which offers a complex kind of representation involving an interplay of denotation, exemplification, keying up of properties, and imputation. Throughout we focus on material models, and we illustrate our claims with the Phillips-Newlyn machine. In the conclusion we suggest that, mutatis mutandis, the DEKI account can be carried over to other kinds of models, notably fictional and mathematical models.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Frigg, Romanr.p.frigg@lse.ac.uk0000-0003-0812-0907
Nguyen, JamesJ.Nguyen1@lse.ac.uk
Keywords: Model, Representation, Exemplification, Denotation, Goodman, Elgin
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Roman Frigg
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2017 00:43
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 00:43
Item ID: 13268
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: July 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13268

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