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    Alistair M. C. Isaac (2013). Objective Similarity and Mental Representation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (4):683-704.
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    Alistair M. C. Isaac (2013). Modeling Without Representation. Synthese 190 (16):3611-3623.
    How can mathematical models which represent the causal structure of the world incompletely or incorrectly have any scientific value? I argue that this apparent puzzle is an artifact of a realist emphasis on representation in the philosophy of modeling. I offer an alternative, pragmatic methodology of modeling, inspired by classic papers by modelers themselves. The crux of the view is that models developed for purposes other than explanation may be justified without reference to their representational properties.
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    Alistair M. C. Isaac (2014). Structural Realism for Secondary Qualities. Erkenntnis 79 (3):481-510.
    This paper outlines and defends a novel position in the color realism debate, namely structural realism. This position is novel in that it dissociates the veridicality of color attributions from the claim that physical objects are themselves colored. Thus, it is realist about color in both the semantic and epistemic senses, but not the ontic sense. The generality of this position is demonstrated by applying it to other “secondary qualities,” including heat, musical pitch, and odor. The basic argument proceeds by (...)
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    Alistair M. C. Isaac (2012). Quantifying the Subjective: Psychophysics and the Geometry of Color. Philosophical Psychology 26 (2):207 - 233.
    (2013). Quantifying the subjective: Psychophysics and the geometry of color. Philosophical Psychology: Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 207-233. doi: 10.1080/09515089.2012.660139.
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    Alistair M. C. Isaac (2014). Model Uncertainty and Policy Choice: A Plea for Integrated Subjectivism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 47:42-50.
    A question at the intersection of scientific modeling and public choice is how to deal with uncertainty about model predictions. This "high-level" uncertainty is necessarily value-laden, and thus must be treated as irreducibly subjective. Nevertheless, formal methods of uncertainty analysis should still be employed for the purpose of clarifying policy debates. I argue that such debates are best informed by models which integrate objective features with subjective ones. This integrated subjectivism is illustrated with a case study from the literature on (...)
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    Alistair M. C. Isaac (2014). Paul M. Churchland,Plato’s Camera: How the Physical Brain Captures a Landscape of Abstract Universals. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press , 304 Pp., $18.00. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 81 (1):161-165.
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    Alistair M. C. Isaac (2014). Introduction. Erkenntnis 79 (S4):671-672.
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    Alistair M. C. Isaac (forthcoming). Review: Paul M. Churchland: Plato's Camera: How the Physical Brain Captures a Landscape of Abstract Universals. [REVIEW] Philosophical Explorations.