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Representing with Physical Models

Giere, Ronald (2009) Representing with Physical Models. [Preprint]

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Physical models have long been used to represent a great many things. By and large, however, the representational powers of physical models have been taken for granted in recent philosophy of science. Interest has focused on more ubiquitous and seemingly more important theoretical models, particularly those found in mathematical physics. In this paper, I focus on physical models, comparing them with theoretical models and finally with recently popular computational models. My aim is to show that the representational aspects of models used in science are fundamentally the same across all three categories of models.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: models, physical models, theoretical models, computational models, representation,
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Ronald N Giere
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2010 13:49
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2010 13:49
Item ID: 8386

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