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Roman Frigg

Fiction in Science


ISBN: 978-3-88405-514-4

Price: €17.00 (including 19 % tax)


Abstract

A
t first blush, the idea that fictions play a role in science seems to be off the mark. This impression is mistaken. Fictions play an essential role in many aspects of science. This contribution identifies different used of fictions in science, and gives a detailed account of the fiction view of scientific models, which is based on Kendall Walton’s pretence theory.

About the Author

Roman Frigg is a Reader in Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Deputy Director of the Centre for Natural and Social Science (CPNSS). He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of London and MSc's both in theoretical physics and philosophy from the University of Basel, Switzerland. His main research interests are in general philosophy of science and philosophy of physics. He has published papers on scientific modelling, quantum mechanics, the foundations of statistical mechanics, randomness, chaos, complexity theory, probability, computer simulations, and he is currently working on book on models and theories. Further information can be found on www.romanfrigg.org.




 





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