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Maps, models, and representation

Nguyen, James and Frigg, Roman ORCID: 0000-0003-0812-0907 (2022) Maps, models, and representation. In: Khalifa, Kareem, Lawler, Insa and Schech, Elay, (eds.) Scientist understanding and representation: modeling in the physical sciences. Routledge, Abingdon-on-Thames, UK. (In Press)

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Maps are often invoked as a way to understanding scientific modelling: a model represents its target as a map represents its territory. However, without an account of how maps represent this analogy is suggestive at best. We reverse the direction of explanation and show that maps represent like models. Utilising the DEKI account of representation, we provide an account of cartographic representation. This shows that maps and models indeed represent in the same manner, and it provides insight into two areas of philosophical inquiry, namely the nature of representational accuracy and the purpose relativity and historical situatedness of representations.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2022 Routledge
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2022 13:57
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:57

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