Representing Non-actual Targets?

Philosophy of Science 89 (5):918-927 (2022)
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Abstract

Models typically have actual, existing targets. However, some models are viewed as having non-actual targets. I argue that this interpretation comes at various costs and propose an alternative that fares better along two dimensions: (1) agreement with practice and (2) ontological and epistemological parsimony. My proposal is that many of these models actually have actual targets.

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Philippe Verreault-Julien
Eindhoven University of Technology

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