Modeling Cognition: How Fiction Relates to Fact

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The increasing use of computational modeling and simulation methods offers interesting epistemic and theoretical challenges for the philosophy of science. One of the main questions discussed in the philosophical literature relates to the explanatory role of false, unrealistic and sometimes even fictional models. In this paper we argue that (i) some fictional models can offer explanations known as structural model explanations, and (ii) at least some variants of realism, such as the information semantic account of scientific models, can consistently hold that this subset of fictional models are explanatory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Bridges Across Cognitive Sciences : Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsNaomi Miyake, David Peebles, Richard P. Cooper
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationAustin, TX
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Publication date2012
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9768318-8-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society - Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 1 Aug 20124 Aug 2012
Conference number: 34

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences

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