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

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Scientific representation and theoretical equivalence

In this paper I fruitfully connect two debates in the philosophy of science; the questions of scientific representation and model, and theoretical, equivalence. I argue that by paying attention to how a model is used to draw inferences about its target system, we can define a notion of theoretical equivalence that turns on whether their models licence the same inferences about the same target systems. I briefly consider the implications this has with respect to two questions that have recently been discussed in the context of the formal philosophy of science.

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James Nguyen    
Philosophy
LSE

 

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