[SydPhil] HPS Research Seminar

Debbie Castle debbie.castle at sydney.edu.au
Mon May 19 10:52:46 AEST 2014

Dear All

Tonight's seminar will be presented by:

Liz Irvine
Australian National University

Two Types of Theorising?

Weisberg (2006) and Godfrey-Smith (2006, 2009) distinguish between two forms of theorising: data-driven 'abstract direct representation' and modeling. The key difference is that when using a data-driven approach, theories are intended to represent specific phenomena, so directly represent them, while models may not be intended to represent anything, so represent targets indirectly, if at all. The aim here is to compare and analyse these practices, in order to outline an account of model-based theorising that involves direct representational relationships. This is based on the way that computational templates Humphreys (2002, 2004) are now used in cognitive neuroscience, and draws on the dynamic and tentative process of any kind of theory construction, and the idea of partial, purpose-relative representation.

Where: Science Meeting Room 450 Carslaw Building , Camperdown Campus
When: 4pm ,  Monday , May 19th


Debbie Castle
Administration Officer
Unit for History and Philosophy of Science
Room 441, Carslaw Building F07| THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY   NSW  2006
T: + 61 2  9351 4226 E: debbie.castle at sydney.edu.au
Office Open: Monday Tuesday and Wednesday

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