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The aims of representative practices: Symmetry as a case study

De Bianchi, Silvia (2011) The aims of representative practices: Symmetry as a case study. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to define a methodology that clarifies some crucial aspects of scientific representative practices. By investigating symmetry as a case study, this method explores the use of models and relates it to specific practical functions. In the first section, I emphasize the fruitfulness of a philosophical enquiry that accounts for the aims and the objectives towards which scientific practices direct their interest. Secondly, by using symmetry as a case study, I try to show that philosophy can find rich pathways of interaction with sciences, by proposing a dynamical approach to scientific representation. In the third section of the paper, I shall refer to examples that highlight the use of symmetry in current scientific representative practices. I shall conclude with some remarks on this method and its epistemological implications on our conception of objectivity and symmetry.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: representative practices, scientific representation, symmetry, models
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Conferences and Volumes: [2011] 3rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (June 22-24, 2011; Exeter, UK)
    Depositing User: Dr. Silvia De Bianchi
    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2012 10:54
    Last Modified: 31 Mar 2012 10:54
    Item ID: 9072
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9072

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