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Inferential power, formalisms, and scientific models

Ardourel, Vincent and Barberousse, Anouk and Imbert, Cyrille (2018) Inferential power, formalisms, and scientific models. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Scientific models need to be investigated if they are to provide valuable information about the systems they represent. Surprisingly, the epistemological question of what enables this investigation has hardly been investigated. Even authors who consider the inferential role of models as central, like Hughes (1997) or Bueno and Colyvan (2011), content themselves with claiming that models contain mathematical resources that provide inferential power. We claim that these notions require further analysis and argue that mathematical formalisms contribute to this inferential role. We characterize formalisms, illustrate how they extend our mathematical resources, and highlight how distinct formalisms offer various inferential affordances.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Ardourel, Vincentvincent.ardourel@gmail.com0000-0001-8686-7091
Barberousse, Anoukanouk.barberousse@sorbonne-universite.fr
Imbert, Cyrillecyrille.imbert@univ-lorraine.fr
Keywords: Models Scientific representations Formalisms Applied mathematics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Vincent ARDOUREL
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2018 15:02
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2018 15:02
Item ID: 15165
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15165

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