Concepts of Model

  • Mario Bunge
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 44)


The purpose of this chapter is to elucidate the two notions of model that occur in factual (natural or social) science. These concepts are those of model object, or schema, and theoretical model, or specific theory. A clarification of these notions is needed in view of the ambiguity of the term ‘model’ and of the merry confusion, prevailing in the current scientific and philosophic literature, among various senses of this word.


Theoretical Model Model Object Specific Theory Semantic Concept Concrete Object 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Bunge
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  1. 1.Foundations and Philosophy of Science UnitMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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