Defending the structural concept of representation

Andreas BARTELS

Abstract


The paper defends the structural concept of representation, defined by homomorphisms, against the main objections that have been raised against it: Logical objections, the objection from misrepresentation, the objection from failing necessity, and the copy theory objection. Homomorphic representations are not necessarily ‘copies’ of their representanda, and thus can convey scientific insight.

Keywords


(structural concept of) representation, homomorphism, content.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.550