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Scientific Models, Fiction and Imagination

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Project "SCIMOD" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Houghton Street 1
city: LONDON
postcode: WC2A 2AE

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2017-10-31


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 Project objective

The project aims to systematically explore a novel approach to model-based reasoning drawing on the relationship between the debate on the nature of scientific models from philosophy of science and the debate on the nature of fiction from aesthetics. Many contemporary philosophers of science argue that learning with models involves a special cognitive function that they call “surrogative reasoning” or “model-based reasoning”. Understanding model-based reasoning can be divided into two subprojects: what model-systems are (SP1) and how knowledge about the model is converted/interpreted into knowledge about the target (SP2). Work within (SP1) will be driven by the hypothesis that scientific models are akin to the fictions of literature and the arts. Work within (SP2) will be driven by the hypothesis that interpretation is mediated by a representational relation converting a fact about the model system into a claim about the target system. The project relies on the normative and descriptive methodology of analytical naturalised philosophy of science, which focuses on examples and case studies. The project will benefit from the combination of Frigg’s expertise in philosophy of science and modelling and of Salis’ original specialization in the areas of aesthetics and the philosophy of fiction. Furthermore, we will collaborate with the experts from the CPNSS Philosophy of Physics project at LSE, with the decision theorists and social choice experts in the LSE’s Choice Group and with the CATS (Centre for the Analysis of Time Series) group on climate models based at LSE. This study will lead to new insights into the nature of scientific modelling and model-based reasoning and it will open new lines of research by injecting a new and fresh perspective from aesthetics into philosophy of science.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Fiora Salis, Roman Frigg and James Nguyen
How Models Denote
published pages: , ISSN: 1573-0964, DOI:
Abstract Objects: For and Against. Synthese Library 2019-06-11
2016 Fiora Salis (ed), Alisa Bokulich, Gregory Currie, Roman Frigg, James Nguyen, Fiora Salis, Elay Shech, Adam Toon

Scientific Fiction Making
published pages: 224-332, ISSN: 0026-9662, DOI:
The Monist 99, 3 2019-06-11
2016 Fiora Salis
The Nature of Model World Comparisons
published pages: 243–259, ISSN: 2153-3601, DOI:
The Monist 99,3 2019-06-11
2017 Fiora Salis
Models and exploratory models
published pages: 58-61, ISSN: 0039-3681, DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2017.04.004
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 63 2019-06-11
2018 Roman Frigg and Fiora Salis
Of Rabbits and Men: Fiction and Scientific Modelling
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Philosophical Fictionalism 2019-06-11

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