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Model Organisms

Ankeny, Rachel and Leonelli, Sabina (2020) Model Organisms. Elements in the Philosophy of Biology . Cambridge University Press.

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This Element presents a philosophical exploration of the
concept of the ‘model organism’ in contemporary biology. Thinking about model organisms enables us to examine how living organisms have been brought into the laboratory and used to gain a better understanding of biology and to explore the research practices, commitments, and norms underlying this understanding. We contend that model organisms are key components of a distinctive way of doing research. We focus on what makes model organisms an important type of model and how the use of these models has shaped biological knowledge, including how model organisms represent, how they are used as tools for intervention, and how the representational commitments linked to their use as models affect the research practices associated with them.


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Ankeny, Rachel
Leonelli, Sabinas.leonelli@exeter.ac.uk0000-0002-7815-6609
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Sabina Leonelli
Date Deposited: 28 May 2022 14:58
Last Modified: 28 May 2022 14:58
Item ID: 20679
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/model-organis...
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20679

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