Simplified models: A different perspective on models as mediators

Casey Mccoy (Lead Author), Michela Massimi

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Abstract / Description of output

We introduce a novel point of view on the “models as mediators” framework in order to emphasize certain important epistemological questions about models in science which have so far been little investigated. To illustrate how this perspective can help answer these kinds of questions, we explore the use of simplified models in high energy physics research beyond the Standard Model. We show in detail how the construction of simplified models is grounded in the need to mitigate pressing epistemic problems concerning the uncertainty inherent in the present theoretical and experimental contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-123
Number of pages25
JournalEuropean Journal for Philsophy of Science
Issue number1
Early online date17 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • models in science
  • high energy physics
  • epistemology of science
  • underdetermination
  • beyond standard model physics


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