PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Concrete Models and Holistic Modeling

This paper proposes a holistic approach to the model-world relationship, suggesting that the model-world relationship be viewed as an overall structural fit where one organized whole (the model) fits another organized whole (the target). This approach is largely motivated by the implausibility of Michael Weisberg’s weighted feature-matching account of the model-world relationship, where a set-theoretic conception of the structures of models is assumed. To show the failure of Weisberg’s account and the plausibility of my approach, a concrete model, i.e. the San Francisco Bay model, is discussed.

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Wei Fang    
Philosophy
University of Sydney

 

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