In the conclusion we suggest that, mutatis mutandis, the DEKI account can be carried over to other kinds of models, notably fictional and mathematical models. (. 162 0 obj Thus they admit functions from them to a social preference that satisfy Arrow's conditions of Weak Pareto, Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives, and Non-Dictatorship. A critical examination of the answer that structural mapping accounts offer to the former problem leads us to identify a lacuna in these accounts: they have to presuppose that target systems are structured and yet leave this presupposition unexplained. If Okasha is right, then there is no function from ‘preference’ rankings supplied by scientific virtues over competing theories to a single all-things-considered. Their differences turn on trading precision for generality, but, if they are appropriately interpreted, toy models, Veritism, the position that truth is necessary for epistemic acceptability, seems to be in tension with the observation that much of our best science is not, strictly speaking, true when interpreted literally. (Forthcoming) Unlocking Limits (with Roman Frigg), ArgumentaAbstract. However, I prove that according to any function that satisfies these conditions on such a domain, Scientific models are important, if not the sole, units of science. If a model does not exist,how can it denote? 165 0 obj (2017) Scientific Representation is Representation as (with Roman Frigg), in H-K. Chao and J. Reiss (eds.) What are we to make of this? "Mathematics is not the only Language in the Book of Nature". They can do this by accurately representing whatever it is that that behaviour counterfactually depends on. 160 0 obj (2017) Of Barrels and Pipes: Representation As in Art and Science (with Roman Frigg), in O. Bueno, G. Darby, S. French, and D. Rickles (eds.) In this paper we show this threat relies on an all-or-nothing understanding of scientific rationality and articulate instead a notion of rationality by. Equally, the pages of textbooks and journals are filled with discussions of the properties and the behavior of those systems. Such a domain is a degenerate case of those investigated, and proved Arrow consistent, by Sakai and Shimoji :435–445, 2006). Drawing on ‘interpretational’ accounts of scientific representation, I argue that the use of so-called ‘toy models’ provides no particular philosophical puzzle. Objectivity, Ambiguity, and Theory Choice. Many models function representationally. (. Many scientific models are representations.
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I provide an account of scientific representation based on Goodman and Elgin’s notion of representation-as. "Why (At Least Some) Idealisations Aren't False". This is a prima facie threat to the rationality of theory choice. "Moving Beyond Arrowâs Theorem: Social Choice and Theory Choice". We propose to fill this gap with an account that attributes structures to targets through structure generating descriptions. More specifically; I argue that once one gives up the idea that models are accurate representations of their targets only if they are appropriately similar, then simple and highly idealized models can be accurate in the same way that more complex models can be. This was the view of some early twentieth century philosophers. James Nguyen - 2016 - Philosophy of Science 83 (2):171- 191. In doing so, they become experts over their narrow area of research. %PDF-1.5 The book also presents a comprehensive statement of their alternative proposal, the DEKI account of representation, which they have developed over the last few years. should nevertheless be considered accurate representations. In this paper we show this threat relies on an all-or-nothing understanding of scientific rationality and articulate instead a notion of rationality by degrees. << /Type /XRef /Length 64 /Filter /FlateDecode /DecodeParms << /Columns 5 /Predictor 12 >> /W [ 1 3 1 ] /Index [ 160 14 ] /Info 17 0 R /Root 162 0 R /Size 174 /Prev 273932 /ID [<6fce95918009e309f19cd6048fb6c5e1><52b672cdea9f6bf44d0e8a8fef81371b>] >> The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2016 Edition)Abstract.
Their differences turn on trading precision for generality, but, if they are appropriately interpreted, toy models should nevertheless be considered accurate representations. "It's not a Game: Accurate Representation with Toy Models". In this article I reconstruct his argument and show that it turns on the false premise that the pragmatic content of acts of representation include doxastic commitments. Thinking about Science, Reflecting on Art. Blurb. We provide a concise overview of the recent literature concerning scientific representation. Thomas William Barrett & Hans Halvorson - 2016 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 45 (5):467-483. Scientific Representation Is Representation-As. Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, Modelling Nature: An Opinionated Introduction to Scientific Representation, Judgement Aggregation in Scientific Collaborations: The Case for Waiving Expertise, Mathematics is not the only Language in the Book of Nature, It's Not a Game: Accurate Representation with Toy Models, The Limitations of the Arrovian Consistency of Domains with a Fixed Preference, Objectivity, Ambiguity, and Theory Choice, The Turn of the Valve: Representing with Material Models, Scientific Representation and Theoretical Equivalence, On the Pragmatic Equivalence between Representing Data and Phenomena, Of Barrels and Pipes: Representation As in Art and Science, Scientific Representation is Representation as, British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park Postdoctoral Award, History and Philosophy of Science Seminar, Mathematics and its Applications: Philosophical Issues, Oxford Philosophy of Physics Thursday Seminar, TINT Workshop on Highly Unrealistic Models, Models and Explanations in Economics 2017, Central European Program in Economic Theory, Models and Explanations in Economics 2016, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method.
We frame Elginâs project in True Enough as being motivated by, and offering a particular resolution to, this paradox. Philosophy of Science in Practice: Nancy Cartwright and the Nature of Scientific Reasoning, Cham: Springer, pp. << /Linearized 1 /L 275161 /H [ 785 205 ] /O 164 /E 209959 /N 7 /T 273931 >> The move from all-or-nothing rationality to rationality by degrees will allow us to argue that theory choice can be rational enough. We discuss what scientific representation and artistic representation have in common, and how they differ. (2018) The Turn of the Valve: Representing with Material Models (with Roman Frigg), European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 8(2), pp. (2019) Objectivity, Ambiguity, and Theory Choice (with Alexandru Marcoci), Erkenntnis, 84(2), pp. We propose a framework in which to understand how scientific representation is a specific case of representation-as. Here we analyse a key that that is crucial in many parts of physics, namely what we call the limit key. The authors provide a map of the conceptual landscape surrounding the issue of scientific representation, arguing that it consists of multiple intertwined problems. Mathematics is Not the Only Language in the Book of Nature. Logical Anti-Exceptionalism and Theoretical Equivalence. Their surface structure notwithstanding, no competent scientist would mistake descriptions of such systems as descriptions of an actual system: we know very well that there are no such systems. ΰ5. This does not sit well with the fact that many models are not concrete objects.
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