Ideas from 'Models' by Demetris Portides [2008], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science' (ed/tr Psillos,S/Curd,M) [Routledge 2010,978-0-415-54613-3]].

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14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 7. Scientific Models
In the 'received view' models are formal; the 'semantic view' emphasises representation
Theoretical models can represent, by mapping onto the data-models
'Model' belongs in a family of concepts, with representation, idealisation and abstraction
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
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