Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 33, number 99, diciembre 2001
Historia y combinatoria de las representaciones científicas. Comentarios a la propuesta de Ibarra y Mormann
[History and Combinatorics of Scientific Representations. Comments to a Proposal by Ibarra and Mormann]
Sergio F. Martínez
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas
UNAM

sfmar@servidor.unam.mx

Abstract: Ibarra and Mormann's combinatorial theory of scientific representations is subject to critical scrutiny. It is argued that the classification of types of representations offered cannot serve as a basis for an analysis of the variety of representations that happen to arise in science. Empirical studies on ways of representing used in science strongly suggest that a formal theory of representations of the kind proposed is not able to capture the historical dimension of the structure of representations.
Keywords: representation, formalist account and historicist account

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