Spring 2019 Colloquium Series - 1 February
Samuel Schindler, Aarhus University :: Model Fictions, Structural Necessitation, and Explanatory Liberalism
Friday, February 1, 2019
Abstract: Some philosophers have argued that scientific models can explain their targets despite representationally distorting them. In this paper, I propose an account of model explanation based on the notion of structural necessitation, namely the representation of empirical regularities as necessities within a model. Although my account is much more liberal than its competitors, the notion of structural necessitation it is strong enough to help us avoid explanatory anarchism.
Listen to a recent interview on the "New Books in Philosophy" podcast, available for download here: https://newbooksnetwork.com/samuel-schindler-theoretical-virtues-in-science-discovering-reality-through-theory-cambridge-up-2018/