© 2006


Pragmatic Construction of Reality

  • Johannes Lenhard
  • Günter Küppers
  • Terry Shinn

Part of the Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook book series (SOSC, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Imitating Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Ann Johnson
      Pages 25-39
    3. Don Ihde
      Pages 79-86
  4. Layers of Integration

  5. Social Practice

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-211

About this book


This book examines the historical roots and evolution of simulation from an epistemological, institutional and technical perspective. Rich case studies go far beyond documentation of simulation’s capacity for application in many domains, they also explore the "functional" and "structural" debate that continues to traverse simulation thought and action. One here asks if simulation deeply transforms science, or instead constitutes a limited tool that principally extends the repertory of erstwhile practice. Does simulation comprise a novel form of experiment, or rather operate as a mechanism which extends standing forms of experimentation? What are simulation’s relations with models or theory, for example? These studies further query to what extent and in what ways simulation may be regarded as a discipline, a special species of instrument, or as transdisciplinary.


Dynamics Institution computer simulation experimentation modeling science simulation technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Johannes Lenhard
    • 1
  • Günter Küppers
    • 2
  • Terry Shinn
    • 3
  1. 1.University of BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.University of BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  3. 3.GEMASParis

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