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Formats of representation in scientific theorizing

Abstract : This paper is intended to sketch the definition of a methodological tool -- the notion of a format of representation -- for the study of scientific theorising. One of its main assumption is that a philosophical study of theorising needs to pay attention to other types of units of analysis than the traditional ones, namely, theories and models approached in a logical and structural way, since scientific reasoning is always led on concrete representational devices and depends upon their specific properties. The notion of a format is intended to characterise the differences between various types of representational devices, in terms of the inferences they enable cognitive agents to draw.
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Marion Vorms. Formats of representation in scientific theorizing. Paul Humphreys, Cyrille Imbert, dir. Models, Simulations, and Representations, Routledge, pp.250-273, 2012, Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science. ⟨halshs-00775628⟩



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