The strategy of model-based science

@article{GodfreySmith2006TheSO,
  title={The strategy of model-based science},
  author={P. Godfrey-Smith},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  year={2006},
  volume={21},
  pages={725-740}
}
  • P. Godfrey-Smith
  • Published 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Biology and Philosophy
  • My title refers to Richard Levins’ famous paper on models in population biology (1966). Here Levins presented his three-way distinction between kinds of modelbuilding, and also introduced a set of more fundamental ideas about trade-offs that constrain and guide scientific work. For Levins, these trade-offs derive from the relationships between three different theoretical goals: realism, precision, and generality. The talk of ‘‘strategies’’ within Levins’ paper concerns alternative strategies… CONTINUE READING
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