Simplified models: a different perspective on models as mediators

C. D. McCoy, Michela Massimi

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Abstract

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 Philosophy of Science
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements The authors are grateful to Wolfgang Adam and Tiziano Camporesi at CMS, and Alan Barr, Andrea Coccaro, Monica D’Onofrio, and Victoria Martin at ATLAS for discussions during visits to CERN. We also thank Arianna Borrelli, Nora Boyd, Richard Dawid, Adam Koberinski, Michael Krämer, and Margaret Morrison for helpful conversations and feedback on this paper. This research has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement European Consolidator Grant H2020-ERC-2014-CoG 647272 Perspectival Realism. Science, Knowledge, and Truth from a Human Vantage Point).

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful to Wolfgang Adam and Tiziano Camporesi at CMS, and Alan Barr, Andrea Coccaro, Monica D’Onofrio, and Victoria Martin at ATLAS for discussions during visits to CERN. We also thank Arianna Borrelli, Nora Boyd, Richard Dawid, Adam Koberinski, Michael Krämer, and Margaret Morrison for helpful conversations and feedback on this paper. This research has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement European Consolidator Grant H2020-ERC-2014-CoG 647272 Perspectival Realism. Science, Knowledge, and Truth from a Human Vantage Point).

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© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History and Philosophy of Science

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