Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 277–291 | Cite as

Semblance or similarity? Reflections on Simulation and Similarity

Michael Weisberg: Simulation and similarity: using models to understand the world. Oxford University Press, 2013. 224pp. ISBN 9780199933662, $65.00 (hbk)
  • Jay OdenbaughEmail author
Book Review


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.


Models Idealization Abstraction Fictionalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyLewis and Clark CollegePortlandUSA

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