Toy models, dispositions, and the power to explain


Two recent contributions have discussed, and disagreed, over whether so-called toy models that attempt to represent dispositions have the power to explain. In this paper, I argue that neither of these positions is completely correct. Toy models may accurately represent, satisfy the veridicality condition, yet fail to be how-actually explations. This is because some dispositions remain unmanifested. Instead, the models provide how-possibly explanations; they possibly explain.

April 23, 2022 12:10
Fordham University
Philippe Verreault-Julien
Philippe Verreault-Julien
Postdoctoral Researcher

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