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:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about computer simulation and the philosophy of science. It explains that computer simulation has not attracted the immediate interest of philosophers of science because these philosophers have had a bias in favor of the proposition that the philosophically interesting action in the sciences occurs when new theories are proposed. The chapter suggests that philosophers might find as good philosophical fodder by examining the details of how scientists model complex phenomena within existing theories as they do by looking to novel fundamental theories.

Keywords: computer simulation; philosophy of science; new theories; complex phenomena; philosophers of science

Chapter.  1660 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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