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Fictionalism, models and scientific representationIn this paper I develop a novel fictionalist account of models as representations drawing on Walton’s aesthetic notion of fiction. To this aim I will offer a general definition of models as representation, I will spell out Walton’s aesthetic notion of fiction, I will assess current fictionalist accounts of models, and I will finally spell out a novel account in terms of the key notions of denotation and propositional imagination of the make-believe variety.
Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science
London School of Economics