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Appraising Models Nonrepresentationally
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2013 (English)In: Philosophy of science (East Lansing), ISSN 0031-8248, E-ISSN 1539-767X, Vol. 80, no 5, 850-861 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Many scientific models lack an established representation relation to actual targets andinstead refer to merely possible processes, background conditions, and results. This articleshows how such models can be appraised. On the basis of the discussion of how-possiblyexplanations, five types of learning opportunities are distinguished. For each of thesetypes, an example—from economics, biology, psychology, and sociology—is discussed.Contexts and purposes are identified in which the use of a model offers a genuine opportunityto learn. These learning opportunities offer novel justifications for modeling practicesthat fall between the cracks of standard representationalist appraisals of models.

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2013. Vol. 80, no 5, 850-861 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-137433DOI: 10.1086/673893ISI: 000330318400022ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84891910889OAI: diva2:678993

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Available from: 2013-12-13 Created: 2013-12-13 Last updated: 2014-02-27Bibliographically approved

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