How theories represent

Otávio Bueno, Steven French

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An account of scientific representation in terms of partial structures and partial morphisms is further developed. It is argued that the account addresses a variety of difficulties and challenges that have recently been raised against such formal accounts of representation. This allows some useful parallels between representation in science and art to be drawn, particularly with regard to apparently inconsistent representations. These parallels suggest that a unitary account of scientific and artistic representation is possible, and our article can be viewed as laying the groundwork for such an account - although, as we shall acknowledge, significant differences exist between these two forms of representation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)857-894
Number of pages38
JournalBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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