Successful visual epistemic representation

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 56:153-160 (2016)
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In this paper, I characterize visual epistemic representations as concrete two- or three-dimensional tools for conveying information about aspects of their target systems or phenomena of interest. I outline two features of successful visual epistemic representation: that the vehicle of representation contain sufficiently accurate information about the phenomenon of interest for the user’s purpose, and that it convey this information to the user in a manner that makes it readily available to her. I argue that actual epistemic representation may involve tradeoffs between these and is successful to the extent that they are present.

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Agnes Bolinska
University of South Carolina


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