Intentional Models as Essential Scientific Tools

Eric Hochstein
2013 International Studies in the Philosophy of Science  
In this paper, I argue that the use of scientific models which attribute intentional content to complex systems bears a striking similarity to the way in which statistical descriptions are used. To demonstrate this, I compare and contrast an intentional model with a statistical model, and argue that key similarities between the two give us compelling reasons to consider both as a type of phenomenological model. I then demonstrate how intentional descriptions play an important role in scientific
more » ... role in scientific methodology as a type of phenomenal model, and argue that this makes them as essential as any other model of this type.
doi:10.1080/02698595.2013.813251 fatcat:qsh5bjlb2nhchbc5e4m7antaze