Symbolic versus Modelistic Elements in Scientific Modeling

Chuang Liu
University of Florida
In this paper, we argue that symbols are conventional vehicles whose chief function is denotation, while models are epistemic vehicles, and their chief function is to show what their targets are like in the relevant aspects. And we explain why this is incompatible with the deflationary view on scientific modeling. Although the same object may serve both functions, the two vehicles are conceptually distinct and most models employ both elements. With the clarification of this point we offer an alternative account to the deflationary view – the Hybrid Account; and we defend our account in contrast with deflationism
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Philosophy of Science
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ISBN(s) 0495-4548  
DOI 10.1387/theoria.12863
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