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Models and Denotation

Salis, Fiora and Nguyen, James and Frigg, Roman (2020) Models and Denotation. Abstract Objects: For and Against. pp. 197-219.


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Many models function representationally. Considerable differences notwithstanding, most accounts of representation involve the notion that models denote their targets. Denotation is a dyadic relation that obtains between certain symbols and certain objects. This does not sit well with the fact that many models are not concrete objects. If a model does not exist, how can it denote? We present an antirealist theory of models that reconciles the notion that models don’t exist with the claim that there is real denotation between models and their targets

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: Models · Scientific representation · Denotation · Mental file · Denotation, Reference, Intentionality, Fiction, Pretence, Truth in fiction, Exemplification
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: Roman Frigg
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2022 06:33
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2022 06:33
Item ID: 20921
Journal or Publication Title: Abstract Objects: For and Against
Publisher: Springer
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DOI or Unique Handle: ISBN: 978-3-030-38242-1
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Date: 2020
Page Range: pp. 197-219

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