When models migrate: the epistemic pitfalls of model transfer – Axel Gelfert (Technische Universität Berlin)

When:
March 3, 2022 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
2022-03-03T15:30:00+00:00
2022-03-03T17:00:00+00:00
Where:
Zoom
Contact:
Richard Staley

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.

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