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There Is No Special Problem About Scientific Representation

Callender, Craig and Cohen, Jonathan (2005) There Is No Special Problem About Scientific Representation. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    In recent years, philosophers of science have devoted considerable attention to questions about scientific models, and particularly to the issue of how models can represent the world. We propose that scientific representation is best understood as a special case of a more general notion of representation, and that the relatively well worked-out and plausible philosophical theories of the latter are directly applicable to the scientific special case. Construing scientific representation in this way makes the so-called ``problem of scientific representation'' look much less interesting than it has seemed to many, and also suggests that some of the (hotly contested) debates in the literature are concerned with non-issues.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: representation; models; idealization; realism
    Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
    General Issues > Models and Idealization
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Depositing User: Craig Callender
    Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2005
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2177
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2177

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