Philosophical methodology in theoretical modelling: the case of herd behaviour

Abstract

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 that there are shared methodological commitments between philosophy and the sciences as illustrated by a case of theoretical modelling in economics. This suggests that there is more continuity between philosophy and the sciences than previously thought.

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Philippe Verreault-Julien
Postdoctoral Researcher

I work on the epistemology of modelling, understanding, and explanation.