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Models and Inferences in Science

  • Emiliano Ippoliti
  • Fabio Sterpetti
  • Thomas Nickles


  • Offers a coherent, multidisciplinary overview of the use and construction of models and inferences in various scientific fields

  • Compares the concepts of models and science, and the concepts of models and inferences

  • Provides readers with the necessary tools to deal with the emergence of new models and research methods


Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Emiliano Ippoliti, Thomas Nickles, Fabio Sterpetti
    Pages 1-9
  3. Emily Grosholz
    Pages 77-94
  4. Carlo Cellucci
    Pages 95-112
  5. Raffaella Campaner
    Pages 113-132
  6. Sergio Caprara, Angelo Vulpiani
    Pages 133-146
  7. Juha Saatsi
    Pages 173-189
  8. Richard Dawid
    Pages 191-205
  9. Kahindo Kamau, Emily Grosholz
    Pages 241-253

About this book


The book answers long-standing questions on scientific modeling and inference across multiple perspectives and disciplines, including logic, mathematics, physics and medicine. The different chapters cover a variety of issues, such as the role models play in scientific practice; the way science shapes our concept of models; ways of modeling the pursuit of scientific knowledge; the relationship between our concept of models and our concept of science. The book also discusses models and scientific explanations; models in the semantic view of theories; the applicability of mathematical models to the real world and their effectiveness; the links between models and inferences; and models as a means for acquiring new knowledge. It analyzes different examples of models in physics, biology, mathematics and engineering. Written for researchers and graduate students, it provides a cross-disciplinary reference guide to the notion and the use of models and inferences in science.


Notion of Models Models in Scientific Practice Notion of Representation Notion of Inference Adequacy of Models Models and Acientific Explanation Heuristic Power Scientific Realism Chaos and Stochastic Models Modeling Medical Disorders Knot Theory Pragmatics of Models Modeling Machines

Editors and affiliations

  • Emiliano Ippoliti
    • 1
  • Fabio Sterpetti
    • 2
  • Thomas Nickles
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di FilosofiaSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di FilosofiaSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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