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Sanctioning Models: Theories and Their Scope

in Science in the Age of Computer Simulation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226902029
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226902050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226902050.003.0002
Sanctioning Models: Theories and Their Scope

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This chapter examines the theories and scope of the sanctioning models in computer simulation. It argues that it is incorrect to think that a simulation can only be useful and sanctionable if the systems it represents fall under the principled scope of its theoretical ancestors. This is because a dogmatic commitment to this expansive conception of the scope of theories obscures scientific practice and there are principled reasons to doubt the claim in the first place.

Keywords: sanctioning models; computer simulation; scientific practice

Chapter.  9156 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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