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

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Multiscale Modeling in Nanoscience: Beyond Non-Mereological Relations

Winsberg’s “handshaking” account of inter-model relations argues that component models in a multiscale system are not related mereologically, but by empirically determined algorithms. While the handshaking account demonstrates non-mereological relationships among component models, it does not explain the different ways handshaking algorithms develop. Thus, the account overlooks the central features of effective multiscale modeling practices, namely, how the dominant behaviors of the modeled systems vary across the different scales, and how this variation constrains the ways modelers can combine component models. I discuss a variety of modes of handshaking and show how different modes arise from the scale-dependent physics involved.

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Julia Bursten    
Department of Philosophy
University of Kentucky


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