Models and the locus of their truth

Synthese 180 (1):47 - 63 (2011)
Abstract
If models can be true, where is their truth located? Giere (Explaining science, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1998) has suggested an account of theoretical models on which models themselves are not truth-valued. The paper suggests modifying Giere’s account without going all the way to purely pragmatic conceptions of truth—while giving pragmatics a prominent role in modeling and truth-acquisition. The strategy of the paper is to ask: if I want to relocate truth inside models, how do I get it, what else do I need to accept and reject? In particular, what ideas about model and truth do I need? The case used as an illustration is the world’s first economic model, that of von Thünen (1826/1842) on agricultural land use in the highly idealized Isolated State.
Keywords Representation  Isolation  Idealization  Truth  von Thünen
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Ronald N. Giere (1999). Using Models to Represent Reality. In. In L. Magnani, N. J. Nersessian & P. Thagard (eds.), Model-Based Reasoning in Scientific Discovery. Kluwer/Plenum. 41--57.
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Julian Reiss (2012). The Explanation Paradox. Journal of Economic Methodology 19 (1):43-62.
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