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Modeling Reality

Pincock, Chris (2007) Modeling Reality. In: [2007] Models and Simulations 2 (Tilburg, NL).

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    Abstract

    My aim in this paper is to articulate an account of scientific modeling that reconciles pluralism about modeling with a modest form of scientific realism. The central claim of this approach is that the models of a given physical phenomenon can present different aspects of the phenomenon. This allows us, in certain special circumstances, to be confident that we are capturing genuine features of the world, even when our modeling occurs in the absence of a fundamental theory. This framework is illustrated using models from contemporary meteorology.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: models; idealization; meteorology
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Specific Sciences > Earth Sciences
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] Models and Simulations 2 (Tilburg, NL)
    Depositing User: Chris Pincock
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3554
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3554

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