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Two kinds of exploratory models

Massimi, Michela (2019) Two kinds of exploratory models. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

I analyse the exploratory function of two main modelling practices: targetless fictional models and hypothetical perspectival models. In both cases, I argue, modelers invite us to imagine or conceive something about the target system, which is either known to be non-existent (fictional models) or just hypothetical (in perspectival models). I clarify the kind of imagining or conceiving involved in each modelling practice, and I show how each—in its own right—delivers important modal knowledge. I illustrate these two kinds of exploratory models with Maxwell’s ether model and SUSY models at the LHC.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Massimi, Michelamichela.massimi@ed.ac.uk0000-0001-6626-9174
Keywords: exploratory models, fictional models, perspectival models, modal knowledge
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Michela Massimi
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2019 15:12
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 15:12
Item ID: 15675
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 28 January 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15675

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