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On the pragmatic equivalence between representing data and phenomena

Nguyen, J; (2016) On the pragmatic equivalence between representing data and phenomena. Philosophy of Science , 83 (2) pp. 171-191. 10.1086/684959. Green open access

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Abstract

Van Fraassen argues that data provide the target-end structures required by structuralist accounts of scientific representation. But models represent phenomena not data. Van Fraassen agrees but argues that there is no pragmatic difference between taking a scientific model to accurately represent a physical system and accurately represent data extracted from it. In this article I reconstruct his argument and show that it turns on the false premise that the pragmatic content of acts of representation include doxastic commitments.

Type: Article
Title: On the pragmatic equivalence between representing data and phenomena
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/684959
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1086/684959
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072643
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