Philosophy of Science 68 (S3):S38-S49 (2001)

Sergio Sismondo
Queen's University
"Scientific theories are maps of the natural world." This metaphor is often used as part of a deflationary argument for a weak but relatively global version of scientific realism, a version that recognizes the place of conventions, goals, and contingencies in scientific representations, while maintaining that they are typically true in a clear and literal sense. By examining, in a naturalistic way, some relationships between maps and what they map, we question the scope and value of realist construals of maps-and by extension of scientific representations. Deflationary philosophy of science requires more variegated stances.
Keywords Philosophy of Science   Realism   Representationalism
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DOI 10.1086/392896
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