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Metaphysica

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 119–127 | Cite as

Towards an Ontology of Scientific Models

  • S. DucheyneEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

Scientific models occupy centre stage in scientific practice. Correspondingly, in recent literature in the philosophy of science, scientific models have been a focus of research. However, little attention has been paid so far to the ontology of scientific models. In this essay, I attempt to clarify the issues involved in formulating an informatively rich ontology of scientific models. Although no full-blown theory—containing all ontological issues involved—is provided, I make several distinctions and point to several characteristic properties exhibited by scientific models that are relevant for individuating scientific models.

Keywords

Ontology of scientific models Idealisation Abstraction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Logic and Philosophy of ScienceGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Centre for History of ScienceGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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