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Scientific Models and Metalinguistic Negotiation

Sambrotta, Mirco (2019) Scientific Models and Metalinguistic Negotiation. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (2). pp. 277-295. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the possibility that, at least, some metaphysical debates are ‘metalinguistic negotiations’ (to employ a recent term coined by David Plunkett and Timothy Sundell). I will take the dispute between the dominant approaches of realism and the anti-realism ones (especially Fictionalism) about the ontological status of scientific models as a case-study. I will argue that such a debate may be better understood as a disagreement, at bottom normatively, motivated, insofar as a normative and non-factual question may be involved in it: how the relevant piece of language ought to be used. Even though I will generally assess the prospects for a broadly deflationist approach, I shall outline a sense in which the dispute can be recast as ‘minimally substantive’.


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Sambrotta, Mirco
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: scientific models, metalinguistic negotiation, conceptual ethics, ontological debates
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 23:52
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2019 23:52
Item ID: 16488
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: https://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.18298
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: May 2019
Page Range: pp. 277-295
Volume: 34
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16488

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