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The New Fiction View of Models

Salis, Fiora (2019) The New Fiction View of Models. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. ISSN 1464-3537

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How do models represent reality? There are two conditions that scientific models must satisfy to be representations of real systems, the aboutness condition and the epistemic condition. In this paper, I critically assess the two main fictionalist theories of models as representations, the indirect fiction view and the direct fiction view, with respect to these conditions. And I develop a novel proposal, what I call ‘the new fiction view of models’. On this view, models are akin to fictional stories; they represent real-world phenomena if they stand in a denotation relation with reality; and they enable knowledge of reality via the generation of theoretical hypotheses, model-world comparisons and direct attributions.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Salis, Fiorafiora.salis@york.ac.uk0000-0001-8258-0587
Keywords: scientific models; scientific representation; make-believe; denotation; theoretical hypotheses; mental files
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr Fiora Salis
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2019 13:02
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 13:02
Item ID: 15895
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2019
ISSN: 1464-3537
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15895

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