Semblance or similarity? Reflections on Simulation and Similarity
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- Odenbaugh, J. Biol Philos (2015) 30: 277. doi:10.1007/s10539-014-9446-y
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In this essay, I critically evaluate components of Michael Weisberg’s approach to models and modeling in his book Simulation and Similarity. First, I criticize his account of the ontology of models and mathematics. Second, I respond to his objections to fictionalism regarding models arguing that they fail. Third, I sketch a deflationary approach to models that retains many elements of his account but avoids the inflationary commitments.