A model‐theoretic account of representation (or, I don't know much about art…but I know it involves isomorphism)

Philosophy of Science 70 (5):1472-1483 (2002)

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Steven French
University of Leeds
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Discussions of representation in science tend to draw on examples from art. However, such examples need to be handled with care given a) the differences between works of art and scientific theories and b) the accommodation of these examples within certain philosophies of art. I shall examine the claim that isomorphism is neither necessary nor sufficient for representation and I shall argue that there exist accounts of representation in both art and science involving isomorphism which accommodate the apparent counterexamples and, moreover, allow us to understand how “impossible” artistic objects and inconsistent scientific theories can be said to represent.
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