Semblance or Similarity? Reflections on Simulation and Similarity

Publication Year:
2014
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10587
Author(s):
Odenbaugh, Jay
preprint description
In this essay, I critically evaluate components of Michael Weisberg's approach to models and modeling in his book Simulation and Similarity. First, I criticize his account of the ontology of models and mathematics. Second, I respond to his objections to fictionalism regarding models arguing that they fail. Third, I sketch a deflationary approach to models that retains many elements of his account but avoids the inflationary commitments.