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The Computational Philosophy: Simulation as a Core Philosophical Method

Mayo-Wilson, Conor and Zollman, Kevin J.S. (2020) The Computational Philosophy: Simulation as a Core Philosophical Method. [Preprint]

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Modeling and computer simulations, we claim, should be considered core philosophical methods. More precisely, we will defend two theses. First, philosophers should use simulations for many of the same reasons we currently use thought experiments. In fact, simulations are superior to thought experiments in achieving some philosophical goals. Second, devising and coding computational models instill good philosophical habits of mind. Throughout the paper, we respond to the often implicit objection that computer modeling is "not philosophical."


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Item Type: Preprint
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Mayo-Wilson, Conorconormw@uw.edu0000-0003-0379-9084
Zollman, Kevin J.S.kzollman@andrew.cmu.edu0000-0001-9776-1890
Keywords: Computer Simulation, Philosophical Methodology, Thought experiments
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: Dr. Kevin Zollman
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 14:31
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 14:31
Item ID: 18100
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Date: 14 September 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18100

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