Synthese:1-27 (forthcoming)

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Conor Mayo-Wilson
University of Washington
Kevin Zollman
Carnegie Mellon University
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Modeling and computer simulations, we claim, should be considered core philosophical methods. More precisely, we will defend two theses. First, philosophers should use simulations for many of the same reasons we currently use thought experiments. In fact, simulations are superior to thought experiments in achieving some philosophical goals. Second, devising and coding computational models instill good philosophical habits of mind. Throughout the paper, we respond to the often implicit objection that computer modeling is “not philosophical.”
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-020-02950-3
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