Models and fictions in science

Philosophical Studies 143 (1):101 - 116 (2009)
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.
Keywords Models  Fictions  Scientific realism  Mathematics  Platonism
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DOI 10.2307/27734391
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