Scientific Models

Philosophy Compass 6 (11):757-764 (2011)
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This contribution provides an assessment of the epistemological role of scientific models. The prevalent view that all scientific models are representations of the world is rejected. This view points to a unified way of resolving epistemic issues for scientific models. The emerging consensus in philosophy of science that models have many different epistemic roles in science is presented and defended

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Stephen M. Downes
University of Utah


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