Article first published online: 6 JAN 2010
© 2010 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 5, Issue 1, pages 91–101, January 2010
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Suárez, M. (2010), Scientific Representation. Philosophy Compass, 5: 91–101. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2009.00261.x
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2010
Scientific representation is a currently booming topic, both in analytical philosophy and in history and philosophy of science. The analytical inquiry attempts to come to terms with the relation between theory and world; while historians and philosophers of science aim to develop an account of the practice of model building in the sciences. This article provides a review of recent work within both traditions, and ultimately argues for a practice-based account of the means employed by scientists to effectively achieve representation in the modelling sciences.