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An inferential conception of scientific representation

Suárez, Mauricio (2004) An inferential conception of scientific representation. Philosophy of Science, 71 (5). pp. 767-779. ISSN 0031-8248

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Abstract

This paper defends an inferential conception of scientific representation. It approaches the notion of representation in a deflationary spirit, and minimally characterizes the concept as it appears in science by means of two necessary conditions: its essential directionality and its capacity to allow surrogate reasoning and inference. The conception is defended by showing that it successfully meets the objections that make its competitors, such as isomorphism and similarity, untenable. In addition the inferential conception captures the objectivity of the cognitive representations used by science, it sheds light on their truth and completeness, and it explains the source of the analogy between scientific and artistic modes of representation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journal.philsci.org/index.html
Additional Information: © 2004 Philosophy of Science Association
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 15:48
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33275/

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