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Austinian model evaluation

van Basshuysen, Philippe (2023) Austinian model evaluation. Philosophy of Science. pp. 1-10. ISSN 0031-8248

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Identification Number: 10.1017/psa.2023.24


Like Austin’s “performatives,” some models are used not merely to represent but also to change their targets in various ways. This article argues that Austin’s analysis can inform model evaluation: If models are evaluated with respect to their adequacy-for-purpose, and if performativity can in some cases be regarded as a model purpose (a proposition that is defended, using mechanism design as an example), it follows that these models can be evaluated with respect to their “felicity,” that is whether their use has achieved this purpose. Finally, I respond to epistemic and ethical concerns that might block this conclusion.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2023 14:51
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2024 07:30

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