Ideas of Demetris Portides, by Theme

[Greek, fl. 2008, Professor at the University of Cyprus.]

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14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 7. Scientific Models
Theoretical models can represent, by mapping onto the data-models
In the 'received view' models are formal; the 'semantic view' emphasises representation
Representational success in models depends on success of their explanations
The best model of the atomic nucleus is the one which explains the most results
'Model' belongs in a family of concepts, with representation, idealisation and abstraction
Models are theory-driven, or phenomenological (more empirical and specific)
14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / h. Explanations by mechanism
General theories may be too abstract to actually explain the mechanisms