Towards the Formal Study of Models in the Non-Formal Sciences

  • Leo Apostel
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 3)


Scientific research utilises models in many places, as instruments in the service of many different needs. The first requirement a study of model-building in science should satisfy is not to neglect this undeniable diversity (as has sometimes been done) 1), and, when recognising this multiplicity, to realise that the same instrument cannot perform all those functions (often the multiplicity of function is recognised but either not to a full extent, or not with respect to the difference of structure it implies) 2). We are going to mention some of the main motives underlying the use of models:


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, The Netherlands 1961

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leo Apostel
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  1. 1.Universities of Ghent and BrusselsBelgium

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