Departmental Papers (Philosophy)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

12-1-2012

Publication Source

Philosophy of Science

Volume

79

Issue

5

Start Page

785

Last Page

794

DOI

10.1086/667845

Abstract

Although most philosophical accounts about model/world relations focus on structural mappings such as isomorphism, similarity has long been discussed as an alternative account. Despite its attractions, proponents of the similarity view have not provided detailed accounts of what it means that a model is similar to a real-world target system. This article gives the outlines of such an account, drawing on the work of Amos Tversky.

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Date Posted: 04 December 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.