[SydPhil] FICTION, DEPICTION AND THE COMPLIMENTARITY THESIS IN ART AND SCIENCE - HPS Research Seminar Series S2
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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ELAY SHECH
AUBURN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Dr. Shech is interested in philosophy of physics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, and history of philosophy, as well as issues in biomedical and environmental ethics. His work primarily concerns the nature and role of idealizations and representations in the sciences and, more specifically, in condensed matter physics.
FICTION, DEPICTION AND THE COMPLIMENTARITY THESIS IN ART AND SCIENCE
In this paper, I appeal to a distinction made by David Lewis between identifying and determining semantic content in order to defend a complementarity thesis expressed by Anjan Chakravartty. The thesis states that there is no conflict between informational and functional views of scientific modeling and representation. I then apply the complementarity thesis to well-received theories of pictorial representation, thereby stressing the fruitfulness of drawing an analogy between the nature of fictions in art and in science. I end by attending to the problem of depicting impossible fictions. It is suggested that progress can be made by understanding the role of impossible fictions in science, namely, allowing researchers to probe into the possible structure and representational capacities of scientific theory.
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