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

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Diagnostics and the 'deconstruction' of models

This paper argues that a significant focus in computational organic chemistry, alongside the construction and deployment of models, is the “deconstruction” of computational models. This practice has arisen in response to difficulties and controversies resulting from the use of plural methods and computational models to study organic reaction mechanisms. Diagnostic controllability is the capacity of cognitive agents to gain epistemic access to grey-boxed computational models, to identify and explain the impact of specific idealizations on results, and to demonstrate the applicability of computational methods to target systems.

Author Information:

Grant Fisher    
Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


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