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    Which Explanatory Role for Mathematics in Scientific Models? Reply to “The Explanatory Dispensability of Idealizations”.Silvia De Bianchi - 2016 - Synthese 193 (2):387-401.
    In The Explanatory Dispensability of Idealizations, Sam Baron suggests a possible strategy enabling the indispensability argument to break the symmetry between mathematical claims and idealization assumptions in scientific models. Baron’s distinction between mathematical and non-mathematical idealization, I claim, is in need of a more compelling criterion, because in scientific models idealization assumptions are expressed through mathematical claims. In this paper I argue that this mutual dependence of idealization and mathematics cannot be read in terms of symmetry and that Baron’s non-causal (...)
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    Introduction to Kant's Philosophy of Science: Bridging the Gap Between the Natural and the Human Sciences.Silvia De Bianchi & Katharina Kraus - 2018 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 71:1-5.
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    Cartesian Echoes in Kant’s Philosophy of Nature.Michela Massimi & Silvia De Bianchi - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 44 (3):481-492.
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    Combining Finite and Infinite Elements: Why Do We Use Infinite Idealizations in Engineering?Silvia De Bianchi - 2019 - Synthese 196 (5):1733-1748.
    This contribution sheds light on the role of infinite idealization in structural analysis, by exploring how infinite elements and finite element methods are combined in civil engineering models. This combination, I claim, should be read in terms of a ‘complementarity function’ through which the representational ideal of completeness is reached in engineering model-building. Taking a cue from Weisberg’s definition of multiple-model idealization, I highlight how infinite idealizations are primarily meant to contribute to the prediction of structural behavior in Multiphysics approaches.
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    The Stage on Which Our Ingenious Play is Performed: Kant's Epistemology of Weltkenntnis.Silvia De Bianchi - 2018 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 71:58-66.
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    When Series Go in Indefinitum, Ad Infinitum and in Infinitum Concepts of Infinity in Kant’s Antinomy of Pure Reason.Silvia De Bianchi - 2015 - Synthese 192 (8):2395-2412.
    In the section of the Antinomy of pure Reason Kant presents three notions of infinity. By investigating these concepts of infinity, this paper highlights important ‘building blocks’ of the structure of the mathematical antinomies, such as the ability of reason of producing ascending and descending series, as well as the notions of given and givable series. These structural features are discussed in order to clarify Ernst Zermelo’s reading of Kant’s antinomy, according to which the latter is deeply rooted in the (...)
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    Explanation and the Dimensionality of Space.Silvia De Bianchi & J. D. Wells - 2015 - Synthese 192 (1):287-303.
    The question of the dimensionality of space has informed the development of physics since the beginning of the twentieth century in the quest for a unified picture of quantum processes and gravitation. Scientists have worked within various approaches to explain why the universe appears to have a certain number of spatial dimensions. The question of why space has three dimensions has a genuinely philosophical nature that can be shaped as a problem of justifying a contingent necessity of the world. In (...)
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    Rethinking Antiparticles. Hermann Weyl’s Contribution to Neutrino Physics.Silvia De Bianchi - 2018 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 61:68-79.
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    Introduction to the Special Issue Hermann Weyl and the Philosophy of the ‘New Physics’.Silvia De Bianchi & Gabriel Catren - 2018 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 61:1-5.
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    The Aims of Representative Practices: Symmetry as a Case Study.Silvia De Bianchi - unknown
    By exploring the nature of scientific representative practices, I shall define a methodology that relates the use of symmetry to specific practical functions. In order to expound this approach, I shall investigate the role played by the conception of symmetry in representative practices from a philosophical and epistemological perspective. The paper proceeds as follows. In the first part, I introduce the reasons why our conception of representative practices should consider the aims and the objectives towards which they direct their interest. (...)
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  11. Kant’s Concept of the Technique of Nature in the Critique of the Power of Judgment: Série 2.Silvia de Bianchi - 2011 - Kant E-Prints 6:12-28.
    a relação entre razão e natureza envolve um dos principais aspectos da crítica da teleologia de Kant. Visando destacar esta relação, investigarei o conceito de técnica da natureza, tal como introduzida na Crítica da faculdade de julgar. De acordo com Kant, a técnica da natureza permite as leis da razão a representarem o acordo dos princípios transcendentais da razão com a natureza. Deste modo, o conceito da técnica da natureza assume um papel prolífico ao expor, através de uma analogia com (...)
     
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  12. Marco Sgarbi, La Kritik der Reinen Vernunft Nel Contesto Della Tradizione Aristotelica.Silvia De Bianchi - 2012 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 67 (4):865.
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