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Philosophy of science in practice in ecological model building

Poliseli, Luana and Coutinho, Jeferson and Viana, Blandina and Russo, Federica and El-Hani, Charbel (2022) Philosophy of science in practice in ecological model building. [Preprint]

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Abstract

This article addresses the contributions of the literature on the new mechanistic philosophy of science for the scientific practice of model building in ecology. This is reflected in a one-to-one interdisciplinary collaboration between an ecologist and a philosopher of science during science-in-the-making. We argue that the identification, reconstruction and understanding of mechanisms is context-sensitive, and for this case study mechanistic modeling did not present a normative role but a heuristic one. We expect our study to provide useful epistemic tools for the improvement of empirically-driven work in the debates about mechanistic explanations of ecological phenomena.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Poliseli, Luanaluana.poliseli@kli.ac.at0000-0001-7334-2093
Coutinho, Jeferson
Viana, Blandina
Russo, FedericaF.Russo@uva.nl
El-Hani, Charbelcharbel.elhani@gmail.com
Additional Information: BIPH-D-21-00018R3
Keywords: scientific practice, interdisciplinarity, mechanistic modeling, heuristics, ecology.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: dr Luana Poliseli
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 13:26
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 13:26
Item ID: 20620
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20620

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