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Visual Representations in Science

Goodwin, William Mark (2006) Visual Representations in Science. In: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers.

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    This paper evaluates a general argument for the conclusion that visual representations in science must play the role of truth bearers if they are to figure as legitimate components of scientific arguments and explanations. The argument is found to be unsound. An alternative approach to assessing the role of visual representations in science is exemplified by an examination of the role of structural formulas in organic chemistry. Structural formulas are found not to play the role of truth bearers; nonetheless, they contribute to the arguments and explanations of organic chemistry.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: organic chemistry diagrams representation
    Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: William Mark Goodwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 3000
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3000

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