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

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    Abstract

    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
    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 11:18
    Item ID: 5014
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5014

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