Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Author. Philosophy Compass © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 6, Issue 11, pages 757–764, November 2011
How to Cite
Downes, S. M. (2011), Scientific Models. Philosophy Compass, 6: 757–764. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2011.00441.x
- Issue published online: 10 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
This contribution provides an assessment of the epistemological role of scientific models. The prevalent view that all scientific models are representations of (part of) the world is rejected. This view points to a unified way of resolving epistemic issues for scientific models. The emerging consensus in philosophy of science that models have many different epistemic roles in science is presented and defended.