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Maps, Models, and Representation

Nguyen, James and Frigg, Roman (2021) Maps, Models, and Representation. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Maps are often invoked as a way to understanding scientific modelling: a model represents its target as a map represents its territory. However, without an account of how maps represent this analogy is suggestive at best. We reverse the direction of explanation and show that maps represent like models. Utilising the DEKI account of representation, we provide an account of cartographic representation. This shows that maps and models indeed represent in the same manner, and it provides insight into two areas of philosophical inquiry, namely the nature of representational accuracy and the purpose relativity and historical situatedness of representations.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Nguyen, JamesJ.Nguyen1@lse.ac.uk
Frigg, Romanr.p.frigg@lse.ac.uk
Keywords: Representation, DEKI, map, realism, cartographic representation, accuracy, mercator projection
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Roman Frigg
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2022 06:32
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2022 06:32
Item ID: 20917
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20917

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