|Laws and Models in Science|
Donald Gillies (ed.)
The present volume is based on a conference held at King's College London, 7-9 September 2003. Its contents cover a wide range of issues in the philosophy of science connected with laws and models. The reader will find here a detailed overview of the use of models in both pure and applied science, and also discussions of a number of general themes such as the interpretation of probability and causality, the relations between truth, belief and knowledge, and the mind/body. The volume also contains an exposition of some specific computer generated models, and a discussion of some general techniques for constructing network models in artificial intelligence. Taken together the volume shows how the new techniques which are being used in science itself, particularly the new techniques which involve computing, are giving rise to new discussions among philosophers of science. The conference was organised by a network, funded by the European Science Foundation, and designed to encourage co-operation among European philosophers of science. This volume gives an overview of the work of this network during the last three years, and raises the interesting question of whether we can expect to see the emergence of a distinctive European approach to the philosophy of science.