Models as Make-Believe

Imagination, Fiction and Scientific Representation

  • Adam Toon

Part of the New Directions in the Philosophy of Science book series (NDPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Adam Toon
    Pages 1-5
  3. Adam Toon
    Pages 6-33
  4. Adam Toon
    Pages 34-60
  5. Adam Toon
    Pages 61-83
  6. Adam Toon
    Pages 84-107
  7. Adam Toon
    Pages 108-130
  8. Adam Toon
    Pages 131-133
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 134-148

About this book


Scientists often try to understand the world by building simplified and idealised models of it. Adam Toon develops a new approach to scientific models by comparing them to the dolls and toy trucks of children's imaginative games, and offers a unified framework to solve difficult metaphysical problems and help to make sense of scientific practice.


building fiction imagination knowledge metaphysics model play toy

Authors and affiliations

  • Adam Toon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of BielefeldGermany

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