External representations and scientific understanding

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This paper provides an inferentialist account of model-based understanding by combining a counterfactual account of explanation and an inferentialist account of representation with a view of modeling as extended cognition. This account makes it understandable how the manipulation of surrogate systems like models can provide genuinely new empirical understanding about the world. Similarly, the account pro- vides an answer to the question how models, that always incorporate assumptions that are literally untrue of the model target, can still provide factive explanations. Finally, the paper shows how the contrastive counterfactual theory of explanation can provide tools for assessing the explanatory power of models.
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LehtiSynthese
Vuosikerta192
Numero12
Sivut3817-3837
Sivumäärä21
ISSN0039-7857
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TilaJulkaistu - 2015
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Kuorikoski, Jaakko ; Ylikoski, Petri K. / External representations and scientific understanding. Julkaisussa: Synthese. 2015 ; Vuosikerta 192, Nro 12. Sivut 3817-3837.
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