Departmental Papers (Philosophy)

Title

Modeling

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

2016

Publication Source

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology

DOI

10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199668779.013.26

Abstract

This article focuses on the methodology of modeling and how it can be applied to philosophical questions. It looks at various traditional views of modeling and defends the idea that modeling is a form of surrogate reasoning involving two distinct steps: indirect representation of a target system using a model and analysis of that model. The article considers different accounts of model/target representational relations, defending an account of similarity. It concludes by presenting several examples of the use of models in philosophy, suggestions for philosophers new to modeling, and an assessment of the relationship between thought experiments and models.

Copyright/Permission Statement

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology edited by Herman Cppelen, Tamar Szabo Gendler, and John Hawthrone, 2016, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press [http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199668779.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199668779-e-26]

Keywords

philosophical methodology, modeling, surrogate reasoning, models, target systems, philosophy, thought experiments

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Date Posted: 04 December 2017

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