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Scientific Representation, Smilarity and Prediction

Contessa, Gabriele (2006) Scientific Representation, Smilarity and Prediction. In: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers.

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    In this paper, I consider how different versions of the similarity account of scientific representation might apply to a simple case of scientific representation, in which a model is used to predict the behaviour of a system. I will argue that the similarity account is potentially susceptible to the problem of accidental similarities between the model and the system and that, if it is to avoid this problem, one has to specify which similarities have to hold between a model and a system for the model to be a faithful representation of that system. The sort of similarity that needs to hold between the model and the system, I argue, is a “second-order” similarity rather than simply a “first-order” similarity. This will not only avoid the problem but hopefully will contribute to dispelling the impression that an account of representation based on similarity is hopelessly vague.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Representation; models; similarity
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Conferences and Volumes: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Gabriele Contessa
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 3018
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3018

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