Representing Non-Actual Targets?

Abstract

Models typically have actual, existing, targets. However, some models are viewed as having non-actual targets. I argue that this interpretation comes at various costs and propose an alternative that fares better along two dimensions: 1) agreement with practice and 2) ontological and epistemological parsimony. That proposal is that many of these models actually have actual targets.

Philippe Verreault-Julien
Philippe Verreault-Julien
Postdoctoral Researcher

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