Reconstruction Failures: Questioning Level Design

  • Camille Roth
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-01109-2_7

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5466)
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Roth C. (2009) Reconstruction Failures: Questioning Level Design. In: Squazzoni F. (eds) Epistemological Aspects of Computer Simulation in the Social Sciences. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5466. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


In front of unsuccessful models and simulations, we suggest that reductionist and emergentist attitudes may make it harder to detect ill-conceived modeling ontology and subsequent epistemological dead-ends. We argue that some high-level phenomena just cannot be explained and reconstructed from unsufficiently informative lower levels. This eventually requires a fundamental viewpoint change in not only low-level dynamics but also in the design of low-level objects themselves, considering distinct levels of description as just distinct observations on a single process.


Modeling Methodology Reconstruction Emergence Downward Causation Complex Systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Camille Roth
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre d’Analyse et de Mathématique Sociales CNRS/EHESSParisFrance
  2. 2.CREA Ecole Polytechnique/CNRS 1ParisFrance

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