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Simulation and the Sense of Understanding

Kuorikoski, Jaakko (2009) Simulation and the Sense of Understanding. In: [2009] Models and Simulations 3 (Charlottesville, Virginia; March 5-7, 2009).

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    Abstract

    Whether simulation models provide the right kind of understanding comparable to that of analytic models has been and remains a contentious issue. The assessment of understanding provided by simulations is often hampered by a conflation between the sense of understanding and understanding proper. This paper presents a deflationist conception of understanding and argues for the need to replace appeals to the sense of understanding with explicit criteria of explanatory relevance and for rethinking the proper way of conceptualizing the role of a single human mind in the collective scientific understanding.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: simulation; understanding
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    General Issues > Explanation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] Models and Simulations 3 (Charlottesville, Virginia; March 5-7, 2009)
    Depositing User: Jaakko Kuorikoski
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4480
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4480

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