Abstract

This article analyzes the epistemic contributions of models by distinguishing three roles that they might play: an evidential role, a revealing role and a stimulating role. By using an account of learning based on the philosophical understanding of propositional knowledge as true justified belief, the paper provides the conditions to be fulfilled by a model in order to play a determined role. A case study of an economic model of the labor market—the DMP model—illustrates the usefulness of these conditions in articulating debates over the epistemic contributions of a given model.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9274
Print ISSN
1063-6145
Pages
pp. 405-423
Launched on MUSE
2015-11-13
Open Access
No
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