Scientific models and fictional objects

Synthese 172 (2):215 - 229 (2010)
Abstract
In this paper, I distinguish scientific models in three kinds on the basis of their ontological status—material models, mathematical models and fictional models, and develop and defend an account of fictional models as fictional objects—i.e. abstract objects that stand for possible concrete objects.
Keywords Scientific models  Fictional objects
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Arthur Fine (1993). Fictionalism. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 18 (1):1-18.
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