Synthese

, 172:215

Scientific models and fictional objects

Authors

    • Department of PhilosophyCarleton University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11229-009-9503-2

Cite this article as:
Contessa, G. Synthese (2010) 172: 215. doi:10.1007/s11229-009-9503-2

Abstract

In this paper, I distinguish scientific models in three kinds on the basis of their ontological status—material models, mathematical models and fictional models, and develop and defend an account of fictional models as fictional objects—i.e. abstract objects that stand for possible concrete objects.

Keywords

Scientific modelsFictional objects

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