A parser as an epistemic artifact: A material view on models

Philosophy of Science 70 (5):1484-1495 (2003)
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to suggest that models in scientific practice can be conceived of as epistemic artifacts. Approaching models this way accommodates many such things that working scientists themselves call models but that the semantic conception of models does not duly recognize as such. That models are epistemic artifacts implies, firstly, that they cannot be understood apart from purposeful human activity; secondly, that they are somehow materialized inhabitants of the intersubjective field of that activity; and thirdly, that they can function also as knowledge objects. We argue that models as epistemic artifacts provide knowledge in many other ways than just via direct representative links. To substantiate our view we use a language‐technological artifact, a parser, as an example.
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Till Grüne-Yanoff (2011). Isolation Is Not Characteristic of Models. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (2):119 - 137.
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