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Hamilton's rule: a non-causal explanation?

The explanatory power of Hamilton’s rule, the main explanatory principle of social evolution theory, is an ongoing subject of controversy. In this paper, we reinforce the case for the considerable value of the regression-based version of the rule in …

Representation and model-based explanation: is factive inferentialism sufficient?

Highly idealized models may serve various epistemic functions, notably explanation, in virtue of representing the world. Inferentialism provides a prima facie compelling characterization of what constitutes the representation relation. In this paper, …

Philosophical methodology in theoretical modelling: the case of herd behaviour

Naturalism is the view according to which philosophy should solve its problems using the empirical scientific methodology. It assumes a strict methodological separation between philosophical and scientific methodology. But is it the case? I argue …

Learning and understanding with models: same same but different?

This paper is about two proposals that have been made about the possible epistemic function of highly idealized models. Some argue that models help us learn about the world (e.g. Claveau and Vergara Fernández 2015; Grüne-Yanoff 2009b; Grüne-Yanoff …