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Argumentative Landscapes: The Functions of Models in Social Epistemology

Aydinonat, N. Emrah and Reijula, Samuli and Ylikoski, Petri (2020) Argumentative Landscapes: The Functions of Models in Social Epistemology. Synthese. ISSN 1573-0964

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Abstract

We argue that the appraisal of models in social epistemology requires conceiving of them as argumentative devices, taking into account the argumentative context and adopting a family-of-models perspective. We draw up such an account and show how it makes it easier to see the value and limits of the use of models in social epistemology. To illustrate our points, we document and explicate the argumentative role of epistemic landscape models in social epistemology and highlight their limitations. We also claim that our account could be fruitfully used in appraising other models in philosophy and science.


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CreatorsEmailORCID
Aydinonat, N. Emrahemrah.aydinonat@helsinki.fi0000-0001-6633-4044
Reijula, Samulisamuli.reijula@helsinki.fi0000-0001-6968-5819
Ylikoski, Petripetri.ylikoski@helsinki.fi0000-0002-5237-9695
Keywords: Social epistemology, modelling in philosophy, epistemic landscape models, argument view, epistemic value
Subjects: General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Dr. N. Emrah Aydinonat
Date Deposited: 10 May 2020 21:14
Last Modified: 10 May 2020 21:14
Item ID: 17163
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-020-02661-9
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11229-020-02661-9
Subjects: General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: 22 April 2020
ISSN: 1573-0964
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17163

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