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Title: From Representation to Reality
Authors: Hirsch, Robert
Advisors: Rosen, Gideon
Halvorson, Hans
Contributors: Philosophy Department
Keywords: Interpreting science
Representational artifacts
Scientific representation
Subjects: Philosophy of science
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: This dissertation examines the nature of scientific exegesis, i.e., the task of determining what science says about the world. I argue that nearly all contemporary theories of scientific exegesis are untenable. My primary argument for this centers around a phenomena that I call `representational artifacts'. Representational artifacts are, to a first approximation, features of scientific representations that do not directly correspond to elements of the physical world. After exploring the difficulties that such artifacts raise in chapter two, the remaining chapters consider what representational artifacts reveal about the nature of scientific exegesis.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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