Does matter really matter? Computer simulations, experiments, and materiality

Synthese 169 (3):483-496 (2009)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

A number of recent discussions comparing computer simulation and traditional experimentation have focused on the significance of “materiality.” I challenge several claims emerging from this work and suggest that computer simulation studies are material experiments in a straightforward sense. After discussing some of the implications of this material status for the epistemology of computer simulation, I consider the extent to which materiality (in a particular sense) is important when it comes to making justified inferences about target systems on the basis of experimental results.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,168

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

How can computer simulations produce new knowledge?Claus Beisbart - 2012 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2 (3):395-434.
Knowledge in science and engineering.Sunny Y. Auyang - 2009 - Synthese 168 (3):319-331.
General information in relevant logic.Edwin D. Mares - 2009 - Synthese 167 (2):343-362.
Bad company and neo-Fregean philosophy.Matti Eklund - 2009 - Synthese 170 (3):393-414.
Introduction.Gabriele Contessa - 2010 - Synthese 172 (2):193-195.
S5 knowledge without partitions.Dov Samet - 2010 - Synthese 172 (1):145-155.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
308 (#66,380)

6 months
20 (#131,639)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Wendy Parker
Virginia Tech

References found in this work

The sciences of the artificial.Herbert Alexander Simon - 1969 - [Cambridge,: M.I.T. Press.
Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics.Peter Galison (ed.) - 1997 - University of Chicago Press: Chicago.
Representing and Intervening.Ian Hacking - 1983 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35 (4):381-390.

View all 20 references / Add more references