Modeling: Gateway to the Unknown

A Work by Rom Harre

Edited by

  • Daniel Rothbart, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies George Mason University Fairfax, VA 20030 USA

Edited by Daniel Rothbart of George Mason University in Virginia, this book is a collection of Rom Harré's work on modeling in science (particularly physics and psychology). In over 28 authored books and 240 articles and book chapters, Rom Harré of Georgetown University in Washington, DC is a towering figure in philosophy, linguistics, and social psychology. He has inspired a generation of scholars, both for the ways in which his research is carried out and his profound insights. For Harré, the stunning discoveries of research demand a kind of thinking that is found in the construction and control of models. Iconic modeling is pivotal for representing real-world structures, explaining phenomena, manipulating instruments, constructing theories, and acquiring data.This volume in the new Elsevier book series Studies in Multidisciplinarity includes major topics on the structure and function of models, the debates over scientific realism, explanation through analogical modeling, a metaphysics for physics, the rationale for experimentation, and modeling in social encounters.
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Philosophers, Physical Scientists, Social Scientists, and Science Educators


Book information

  • Published: May 2004
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51464-6

Table of Contents

General Introduction. Section One. The Structure and Function of Models. Introduction. 1. Iconic models. 2. Formal models. 3. Properties and images. Section Two. Policy Realism. Introduction. 4. Model making and the defence of realism. 5. Models and the realism debates. Section Three. Scientific Explanation. Introduction. 6. Theory-families. 7. Creativity in science. 8. Metaphors as the expression of models. 9. Models as rhetorical devices. Section Four. A Metaphysics for Physics. Introduction. 10. Modeling in quantum field theory. 11. A Dynamic model for space and time. Section Five. A Metaphysics for Experiments. Introduction. 12. Apparatus as models in the physical sciences. 13. Reinterpreting psychological experiments. Section Six. The Ethogenic Point of View in Social Science. Introduction. 14. Social action as drama. 15. Conversation as source model for human sciences. 16. AI as hybrid model making. References. Subject Index.