Extended! eBooks from the 'Springer Archives' only $/€/£ 8.99 each–save now!

Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science

Models and Idealizations in Science

Artifactual and Fictional Approaches

Editors: Cassini, Alejandro, Redmond, Juan (Eds.)

Free Preview
  • Explores two recent approaches to scientific modeling: artifactualism and fictionalism
  • Investigates how the different kinds of models that scientists use in practice are idealized and deidealized
  • Considers the nature and functions of scientific fictions and epistemic artifacts   
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook 85,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-65802-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-65801-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
About this book

This book provides both an introduction to the philosophy of scientific modeling and a contribution to the discussion and clarification of two recent philosophical conceptions of models: artifactualism and fictionalism. These can be viewed as different stances concerning the standard representationalist account of scientific models. By better understanding these two alternative views, readers will gain a deeper insight into what a model is as well as how models function in different sciences.

Fictionalism has been a traditional epistemological stance related to antirealist construals of laws and theories, such as instrumentalism and inferentialism. By contrast, the more recent fictional view of models holds that scientific models must be conceived of as the same kind of entities as literary characters and places. This approach is essentially an answer to the ontological question concerning the nature of models, which in principle is not incompatible with a representationalist account of the function of models.

The artifactual view of models is an approach according to which scientific models are epistemic artifacts, whose main function is not to represent the phenomena but rather to provide epistemic access to them. It can be conceived of as a non-representationalist and pragmatic account of modeling, which does not intend to focus on the ontology of models but rather on the ways they are built and used for different purposes.

The different essays address questions such as the artifactual view of idealization, the use of information theory to elucidate the concepts of abstraction and idealization, the deidealization of models, the nature of scientific fictions, the structural account of representation and the ontological status of structures, the role of surrogative reasoning with models, and the use of models for explaining and predicting physical phenomena.

About the authors

Alejandro Cassini received his PhD in Philosophy from Buenos Aires University in 1990. He has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia University from 1998 to 2001. He presently is Regular Professor at the Philosophy Department of Buenos Aires University, where he teaches History and Philosophy of Science. He works as Senior Researcher at the Conicet (Argentina), where he leads a research group in the History and Philosophy of Physics.

 

Juan Redmond is full professor at the Universidad de Valparaíso, Institute oh Philosophy and research fellow at the Conicyt (Chile). He graduated in Philosophy at the University of Cuyo (Argentina), gathered a Master in Literature at the Faculty of Etudes Romanes by the Université de Lille (France), with a dissertation titled Fictions in the work of Jorge Luis Borges: for an artefactual approach, and a PhD in 2010 in Philosophy, at the University of Lille 3 (France), with a dissertation on a Dialogical logic of fictions.    

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 85,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-65802-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-65801-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Models and Idealizations in Science
Book Subtitle
Artifactual and Fictional Approaches
Editors
  • Alejandro Cassini
  • Juan Redmond
Series Title
Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science
Series Volume
50
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-65802-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-65802-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-65801-4
Series ISSN
2214-9775
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 270
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
Topics