Importance of models in theorizing: a deflationary semantic view

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Downes, Stephen M.
Title Importance of models in theorizing: a deflationary semantic view
Date 1992
Description It is commonly acknowledged in science that model construction is one of the most important components of theorizing. Philosophers of science are gradually coming to acknowledge this situation, spurred on by holders of the semantic view of theories. In this paper I wish to defend a very deflationary version of the semantic view of theories, which is more or less a re-statement of the above commonplace. I reject the view encapsulated in the identity statement "scientific theories are families of models," although acknowledging the useful insights into science that holders of this strong position have given us.
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Volume 1
First Page 142
Last Page 153
Subject Theories; Mathematical; Scientific
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Downes, S. M. (1992). Importance of models in theorizing: a deflationary semantic view. Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy; of Science Association, 1, 142-53.
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6z03shk
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