The Intertwining of Models and Laws in Scientific Reasoning
While at the CPNSS, Cristian will examine the intertwining of models and laws in scientific reasoning. Views on this issue are often disparate. Inspired in the semantic view of theories, some argue that models enable scientists to perform the tasks that were traditionally associated with laws. Laws, accordingly, should be replaced by models in both scientific practice and jargon. Others, by contrast, contend that laws govern the working of the elements of various abstracts models, and they only indirectly refer to phenomena. Cristian's project aims at providing an account of the intertwining of laws and models in scientific theorising considering the following scenarios: (i) some laws can be conceived of as inference rules for constructing models; (ii) some models play various roles in articulating physical laws; and (iii) laws and models differ in the degree of modal force they bestow on explanations and representations in physical science.