Epistemic Contributions of Models: Conditions for Propositional Learning

François Claveau, Melissa Vergara Fernández
2015 Perspectives on Science  
This article analyzes the epistemic contributions of models by distinguishing three roles that they might play: an evidential role, a revealing role and a stimulating role. By using an account of learning based on the philosophical understanding of propositional knowledge as true justified belief, the paper provides the conditions to be fulfilled by a model in order to play a determined role. A case study of an economic model of the labor market-the DMP modelillustrates the usefulness of these
more » ... onditions in articulating debates over the epistemic contributions of a given model.
doi:10.1162/posc_a_00181 fatcat:ubicgs6fgrds7pncvjdcrq4bee