Authors
Florian J. Boge
Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Abstract
Computer simulations are involved in numerous branches of modern science, and science would not be the same without them. Yet the question of how they can explain real-world processes remains an issue of considerable debate. In this context, a range of authors have highlighted the inferences back to the world that computer simulations allow us to draw. I will first characterize the precise relation between computer and target of a simulation that allows us to draw such inferences. I then argue that in a range of scientifically interesting cases they are particular abductions and defend this claim by appeal to two case studies.
Keywords Epistemology of simulation  Analogy  Abduction  Explanation
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1016/j.shpsa.2019.12.003
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,901
External links

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

Models and Fiction.Roman Frigg - 2010 - Synthese 172 (2):251-268.

View all 29 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Are Computer Simulations Experiments? And If Not, How Are They Related to Each Other?Claus Beisbart - 2018 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 8 (2):171-204.
How Can Computer Simulations Produce New Knowledge?Claus Beisbart - 2012 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2 (3):395-434.
Mapping an Expanding Territory: Computer Simulations in Evolutionary Biology.Philippe Huneman - 2014 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 36 (1):60-89.
Computer Simulation, Experiment, and Novelty.Julie Jebeile - 2017 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 31 (4):379-395.
Virtual Models and Simulations.Peter Krebs - 2007 - Techne 11 (1):42-54.
Virtual Models and Simulations: A Different Kind of Science?Peter Krebs - 2007 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 11 (1):42-54.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-12-17

Total views
17 ( #603,816 of 2,439,041 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #113,164 of 2,439,041 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes