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The turn of the valve: representing with material models

Frigg, Roman ORCID: 0000-0003-0812-0907 and Nguyen, James (2018) The turn of the valve: representing with material models. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 8 (2). pp. 205-224. ISSN 1879-4912

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s13194-017-0182-4


Many scientific models are representations. Building on Goodman and Elgin’s notion of representation-as we analyse what this claim involves by providing a general definition of what makes something a scientific model, and formulating a novel account of how they represent. We call the result the DEKI account of representation, which offers a complex kind of representation involving an interplay of, denotation, exemplification, keying up of properties, and imputation. Throughout we focus on material models, and we illustrate our claims with the Phillips-Newlyn machine. 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.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 08:42
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2024 01:48

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