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Scientific Models as Information Carrying Artifacts

Rusanen, Anna-Mari and Lappi, Otto (2010) Scientific Models as Information Carrying Artifacts. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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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)
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Rusanen, Anna-Mari
Lappi, Otto
Keywords: Scientific representations, representation, information semantics
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Anna-Mari Rusanen
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:19
Item ID: 5218
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5218

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