Computational modeling in philosophy: introduction to a topical collection

Faculty/Professorship: Political Theory  
Author(s): Scheller, Simon ; Merdes, Christoph; Hartmann, Stephan
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 10
Source/Other editions: Synthese, 200 (2022), 2, 10 S. - ISSN: 1573-0964
is version of: 10.1007/s11229-022-03481-9
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-559654
Computational modeling should play a central role in philosophy. In this introduction to our topical collection, we propose a small topology of computational modeling in philosophy in general, and show how the various contributions to our topical collection fit into this overall picture. On this basis, we describe some of the ways in which computational models from other disciplines have found their way into philosophy, and how the principles one found here still underlie current trends in the field. Moreover, we argue that philosophers contribute to computational modeling not only by building their own models, but also by thinking about the various applications of the method in philosophy and the sciences. In this context, we note that models in philosophy are usually simple, while models in the sciences are often more complex and empirically grounded. Bridging certain methodological gaps that arise from this discrepancy may prove to be challenging and fruitful for the further development of computational modeling in philosophy and beyond.
GND Keywords: Philosophie; Computersimulation; Mehragentensystem
Keywords: Computational modeling, Agent-based modeling, Simulation, Methodology of simulation, Computational philosophy, Epistemology of modeling
DDC Classification: 100 Philosophy  
RVK Classification: CC 1200   
Type: Article
Release Date: 20. October 2022

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