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Inference Project: Are Scientific Models Fictions? Model-Based Science as Epistemic Warfare
In the current epistemological debate, scientific models are not only considered as useful devices for explaining facts or discovering new entities, laws, and theories, but also rubricated under various new labels: from the classical ones, as abstract entities and idealizations, to the more recent, as fictions, surrogates, credible worlds, missing systems, make-believe, parables, functional, epistemic actions, revealing capacities. Professor Magnani of the University of Pavia in Italy will discuss these approaches showing some of their epistemological inadequacies, also taking advantage of recent results in cognitive science.
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