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Models and Fictions in Science

Peter Godfrey-Smith
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 143, No. 1, Models, Methods, and Evidence: Topics in the Philosophy of Science. Proceedings of the 38th Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy (Mar., 2009), pp. 101-116
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27734391
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Non-actual model systems discussed in scientific theories are compared to fictions in literature. This comparison may help with the understanding of similarity relations between models and real-world target systems. The ontological problems surrounding fictions in science may be particularly difficult, however. A comparison is also made to ontological problems that arise in the philosophy of mathematics.

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