Date: 07 Jun 2011
Modeling in biology and economics
Much of biological and economic theorizing takes place by modeling, the indirect study of real-world phenomena by the construction and examination of models. Books and articles about biological and economic theory are often books and articles about models, many of which are highly idealized and chosen for their explanatory power and analytical convenience rather than for their fit with known data sets. Philosophers of science have recognized these facts and have developed literatures about the nature of models, modeling, idealization, as well as testing of models and explanation by models, for both biology and economics. The impetus for this special issue came from our recognition that there is remarkably little overlap between the “modeling in biology” and “modeling in economics” literatures, despite many of the same themes appearing in these literatures.
The papers in this issue cluster around two central themes: tensions at the intersection of biology and economics, and methodologica...
- Modeling in biology and economics
Biology & Philosophy
Volume 26, Issue 5 , pp 613-615
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 433, Cohen Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-6304, USA
- 2. Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TB, UK
- 3. Department of Political and Economic Studies / Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland