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Scientific representation and theoretical equivalence

Nguyen, J; (2017) Scientific representation and theoretical equivalence. Philosophy of Science , 84 (5) pp. 982-995. 10.1086/694003. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article I connect two debates in the philosophy of science: The questions of scientific representation and both model and theoretical equivalence. I argue that by paying attention to how a model is used to draw inferences about its target system, we can define a notion of theoretical equivalence that turns on whether models license the same claims about the same target systems. I briefly consider the implications of this for two questions that have recently been discussed in the context of the formal philosophy of science.

Type: Article
Title: Scientific representation and theoretical equivalence
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/694003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1086/694003
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/10072644
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