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First joint MCMP-Hannover Workshop on Philosophy of Physics: Models (4-5 May 2018)


In philosophy of physics and philosophy of science, there has been a great deal of work devoted to examining the use and significance of models in physics. However, there remains much to be clarified about the different sense of "model" in play in this literature, and how they relate to one another. What similarities and differences obtain between toy models, data models, and models in the semantic view of theories? Are there important differences between abstract models such as these, and the concrete models used in analogue simulations? What role should models play in accounts of reduction and universality? This workshop, organised in collaboration with the philosophy of science group at Leibniz Universität Hannover, will seek answers to these and related questions.

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