Models and fictions in science

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Title: Models and fictions in science
Author: Godfrey-Smith, Peter
Citation: Godfrey-Smith, Peter. 2009. Models and fictions in science. Philosophical Studies 143, no. 1: 101-116.
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Abstract: Non-actual model systems discussed in scientific theories are compared to fictions in literature. This comparison may help with the understanding of similarity relations between models and real-world target systems. The ontological problems surrounding fictions in science may be particularly difficult, however. A comparison is also made to ontological problems that arise in the philosophy of mathematics.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11098-008-9313-2
Other Sources: http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~pgs/PGS_ModelsFictions-09Final.pdf
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