, 172:215

Scientific models and fictional objects


DOI: 10.1007/s11229-009-9503-2

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


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.


Scientific modelsFictional objects

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada