Integración de analogías en la investigación científica (Integration of Analogies in Scientific Modeling)

Revista Colombiana de Filosofía de la Ciencia 37 (18):318-335 (2019)
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Abstract

Discussion of modeling within philosophy of science has focused in how models, understood as finished products, represent the world. This approach has some issues accounting for the value of modeling in situations where there are controversies as to which should be the object of representation. In this work I show that a historical analysis of modeling complements the aforementioned representational program, since it allows us to examine processes of integration of analogies that play a role in the generation of criteria of relevance, which are important for the configuration of the object of research. This, in turn, shows that there are norms in modeling practices whose historical reconstruction is relevant for their philosophical analysis.

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Natalia Carrillo
University of Vienna

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