Against the New Fictionalism: A Hybrid View of Scientific Models

International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 30 (1):39-54 (2016)
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This article develops an approach to modelling and models in science—the hybrid view—that is against model fictionalism of a recent stripe. It further argues that there is a version of fictionalism about models to which my approach is neutral and which makes sense only if one adopts a special sort of antirealism. Otherwise, my approach strongly suggests that one stay away from fictionalism and embrace realism directly.

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Chuang Liu
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