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Scientific Models as Information Carrying Artifacts

Rusanen, Anna-Mari and Lappi, Otto (2010) Scientific Models as Information Carrying Artifacts. In: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    We present an information theoretic account of models as scientific representations, where scientific models are understood as information carrying artifacts. We propose that the semantics of models should be based on this information coupling of the model to the world. The information theoretic account presents a way of avoiding the need to refer to agents' intentions as constitutive of the semantics of scientific representations, and it provides a naturalistic account of model semantics, which can deal with the problems of asymmetry, relevance and circularity that afflict other currently popular naturalistic proposals.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Scientific representations, representation, information semantics
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Anna-Mari Rusanen
    Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5218
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5218

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