The Monist 99 (3):243-259 (2016)

Fiora Salis
University of York
Upholders of fictionalism about scientific models have not yet successfully explained how scientists can learn about the real world by making comparisons between models and the real phenomena they stand for. In this paper I develop an account of model-world comparisons in terms of what I take to be the best antirealist analyses of comparative claims that emerge from the current debate on fiction.
Keywords scientific models  fiction  comparative claims  imagination  anti-realism
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DOI 10.1093/monist/onw003
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