© 2012

Models as Make-Believe

Imagination, Fiction and Scientific Representation


Part of the New Directions in the Philosophy of Science book series (NDPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Adam Toon
    Pages 1-5
  3. Adam Toon
    Pages 6-33
  4. Adam Toon
    Pages 34-60
  5. Adam Toon
    Pages 61-83
  6. Adam Toon
    Pages 84-107
  7. Adam Toon
    Pages 108-130
  8. Adam Toon
    Pages 131-133
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 134-148

About this book


Scientists often try to understand the world by building simplified and idealised models of it. Adam Toon develops a new approach to scientific models by comparing them to the dolls and toy trucks of children's imaginative games, and offers a unified framework to solve difficult metaphysical problems and help to make sense of scientific practice.


building fiction imagination knowledge metaphysics model play toy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of BielefeldGermany

About the authors

ADAM TOON is Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Exeter.

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