Scientific Understanding and Representation (SURe)

March 12, 2020 - March 14, 2020
Institute for Liberal Arts, Emory University

537 Kilgo Circle
Atlanta 30322
United States

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  • American Council of Learned Societies


University of Cincinnati
University of East Anglia


Middlebury College
Emory University
Auburn University

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Representations play a central role in scientists’ understanding of the world. From mathematical models to diagrams, different representations in highly varied contexts yield diverse insights across the physical, biological, and social sciences. Despite the fact that how a phenomenon is represented has far-reaching ramifications for how it is understood, the literatures on scientific understanding and scientific representation are largely independent of each other. The time is ripe to foster greater synergy between these two areas in the philosophy of science, as they face complementary problems—and hold the promise of complementary solutions.

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