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Catherine Z. Elgin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036535

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036535.001.0001

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Chekhov’s Gun

Chekhov’s Gun

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True Enough

Catherine Z. Elgin

The MIT Press

Epistemically effective models are felicitous falsehoods. Via representation-as, they exemplify features and impute them to their targets. A model may reconfigure a domain, drawing new boundaries to mark out significant kinds. As Chang shows, this can amount to reconstituting the phenomena the model bears on.

Keywords:   Model, representation-as, denotation, exemplification

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