Models of Climate: Values and Uncertainties

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:
Models of Climate: Values and Uncertainties

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This chapter, which focuses on simulation models of climate and its future, investigates whether it is reasonable to expect climate modelers to exclude non-epistemic values from the internal aspects of their research. It suggests that there are at least two features of climate models that make them worthy of special attention from the point of view of philosophy of science. The first is that the extremely complex modularity of global climate models leads to a novel kind of epistemological holism, and the second is that climate simulations have enormous public policy implications. The chapter also discusses the opposing arguments of Richard Rudner and Richard Jeffrey about inductive risk.

Keywords: simulation models; climate models; philosophy of science; epistemological holism; public policy; Richard Rudner; Richard Jeffrey; inductive risk

Chapter.  11404 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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