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    Ernest Nagel's conception of models: when agents get into the picture of theories

    Vorms, Marion (2012) Ernest Nagel's conception of models: when agents get into the picture of theories. In: Models and Simulations 5, 14th - 16th june 2012, Helsinki, Finland. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    In
 this 
paper, 
I 
analyze
 the 
significance 
of 
Ernest 
Nagel’s
introduction
 of
 the
 notion 
of 
model 
in 
his
 reconstruction
 of
 scientific
 theories.
 Nagel’s
 account
 is
 generally
 considered
 as
 a
 version
 of
 the
 “received
 view”
 of
 theories,
 whose
 main
 advocate
 is
 Carnap.
 However,
 I
 will
 show
 that
 Nagel’s
 considerations 
on 
model s
imply 
a
re nunciation 
to
 the 
logical 
empiricists’ 
project of the
 formalization
 of
 scientific
 theories.
 I
 will
 argue
 that
 Nagel
 implicitly
 acknowledges
 that,
 in
 order
 to
 study
 the
 content 
of 
theories, 
one 
cannot 
abstract 
away 
from
 the
agents’ 
understanding 
of 
theories,
 and
 from
 the 
reasoning 
processes 
they
 perform
 when 
using 
them.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 11:51
    Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 11:53
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14023

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