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Synthese

, Volume 169, Issue 3, pp 615–626 | Cite as

The philosophical novelty of computer simulation methods

  • Paul Humphreys
Article

Abstract

Reasons are given to justify the claim that computer simulations and computational science constitute a distinctively new set of scientific methods and that these methods introduce new issues in the philosophy of science. These issues are both epistemological and methodological in kind.

Keywords

Computer simulations Computational science Epistemic opacity Semantics Temporal dynamics Approximations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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