David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (3):309-334 (2011)
Our concern is in explaining how and why models give us useful knowledge. We argue that if we are to understand how models function in the actual scientific practice the representational approach to models proves either misleading or too minimal. We propose turning from the representational approach to the artefactual, which implies also a new unit of analysis: the activity of modelling. Modelling, we suggest, could be approached as a specific practice in which concrete artefacts, i.e., models, are constructed with the help of specific representational means and used in various ways, for example, for the purposes of scientific reasoning, theory construction and design of experiments and other artefacts. Furthermore, in this activity of modelling the model construction is intertwined with the construction of new phenomena, theoretical principles and new scientific concepts. We will illustrate these claims by studying the construction of the ideal heat engine by Sadi Carnot
|Keywords||Modelling Engineering sciences Representation Carnot Epistemic tools Heat engine|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Ronald N. Giere (2006). Scientific Perspectivism. University of Chicago Press.
Ronald N. Giere (1991). Explaining Science: A Cognitive Approach. Philosophical Review 100 (4):653-656.
Peter Godfrey-Smith (2006). The Strategy of Model-Based Science. Biology and Philosophy 21 (5):725-740.
Citations of this work BETA
Mark Pexton (2014). How Dimensional Analysis Can Explain. Synthese 191 (10):2333-2351.
Ivan Boldyrev & Alexey Ushakov (forthcoming). Adjusting the Model to Adjust the World: Constructive Mechanisms in Postwar General Equilibrium Theory. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-19.
Sophie van Baalen & Mieke Boon (2015). An Epistemological Shift: From Evidence-Based Medicine to Epistemological Responsibility. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 21 (3):433-439.
Similar books and articles
Federica Russo & Jon Williamson (2011). Generic Versus Single-Case Causality: The Case of Autopsy. [REVIEW] European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (1):47-69.
Bryce Huebner (2011). Genuinely Collective Emotions. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (1):89-118.
Monica Aufrecht (2011). The Context Distinction: Controversies Over Feminist Philosophy of Science. [REVIEW] European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (3):373-392.
Angela Potochnik (2011). Explanation and Understanding. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (1):29-38.
Amy McLaughlin (2011). In Pursuit of Resistance: Pragmatic Recommendations for Doing Science Within One's Means. [REVIEW] European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (3):353-371.
Miriam Solomon (2011). Just a Paradigm: Evidence-Based Medicine in Epistemological Context. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (3):451-466.
Kirstin Borgerson (2011). Amending and Defending Critical Contextual Empiricism. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (3):435-449.
Isabelle Peschard (2011). Making Sense of Modeling: Beyond Representation. [REVIEW] European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (3):335-352.
Mieke Boon (2011). Tales of Experimentation. Metascience 20 (1):159-163.
Rachel Ankeny, Hasok Chang, Marcel Boumans & Mieke Boon (2011). Introduction: Philosophy of Science in Practice. [REVIEW] European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (3):303-307.
Added to index2009-09-18
Total downloads75 ( #41,553 of 1,725,558 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #81,232 of 1,725,558 )
How can I increase my downloads?