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Models of Climate: Values and Uncertainties

Models of Climate: Values and Uncertainties

Chapter:
(p.93) Six Models of Climate: Values and Uncertainties
Source:
Science in the Age of Computer Simulation
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226902050.003.0006

This chapter, which focuses on simulation models of climate and its future, investigates whether it is reasonable to expect climate modelers to exclude non-epistemic values from the internal aspects of their research. It suggests that there are at least two features of climate models that make them worthy of special attention from the point of view of philosophy of science. The first is that the extremely complex modularity of global climate models leads to a novel kind of epistemological holism, and the second is that climate simulations have enormous public policy implications. The chapter also discusses the opposing arguments of Richard Rudner and Richard Jeffrey about inductive risk.

Keywords:   simulation models, climate models, philosophy of science, epistemological holism, public policy, Richard Rudner, Richard Jeffrey, inductive risk

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