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A Model of Models

Glennan, Stuart (2000) A Model of Models. [Preprint]


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Although many philosophers of science have recognized the importance of modeling in contemporary science, relatively little work has been done in developing a general account of models. The most widely accepted account, put forth by advocates of the semantic conception of theories, misleadingly identifies scientific models with the models of mathematical logic. I present an alternative theory of scientific models in which models are defined by their representational relation to a physical system. I explore in some detail a particular sort of model called a mechanical model I illustrate the applicability of my approach by applying it to a problem in contemporary speech perception research. The model of models is used to analyze how competing models of the mechanisms of vowel normalization are constructed, tested, and revised.

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Item Type: Preprint
Glennan, Stuart
Keywords: models, mechanisms, semantic conception of theories
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Stuart Glennan
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2003
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 15:48
Item ID: 1134
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: August 2000

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