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When models migrate: the epistemic pitfalls of model transfer

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  • UserAxel Gelfert (Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin)
  • ClockThursday 03 March 2022, 15:30-17:00
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The transfer of scientific models across disciplinary boundaries has recently attracted a fair amount of interest from historians and philosophers of science. Whether in the form of ‘model templates’ or the transposition of whole ‘modeling frameworks’, model transfer has been variously credited with injecting new life into stagnant research programmes and recovering a (suitably qualified) notion of scientific progress. Approaching this debate from an epistemological point of view, I argue that the transfer of models carries with it considerable epistemic risks, not least that of falling prey to what has been called the ‘illusion of depth of understanding’ in science.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science series.

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