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Suárez, Mauricio (2009) Scientific Representation. [Preprint]

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Scientific representation is currently a booming topic, both in analytical philosophy and in history and philosophy of science. The analytical inquiry attempts to come to terms with the relation between theory and world; while historians and philosophers of science aim to develop an account of the practice of model building in the sciences. This article provides a review of recent work within both traditions, and ultimately argues for a practice-based account of the means employed by scientists to effectively achieve representations in the modelling sciences.

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Item Type: Preprint
Suárez, Mauricio
Additional Information: Appeared in Blackwell's Philosophy Compass, December 2009
Keywords: Representation, Models, Realism, Epistemology, Pragmatism
Subjects: General Issues > Thought Experiments
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Theory/Observation
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Mauricio Suárez
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 5014

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