Two aspects of models and cultural role of scientific model

Abdul Murad, Mohd Hazim Shah (2012) Two aspects of models and cultural role of scientific model. Al-Mukhatabat, 3. pp. 157-174. ISSN 1737-6432

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Abstract

In this paper I will look at the two aspects of models which I call the ‘symbolic’ and the ‘functional’. A comparison is made in this regard between models considered as Kuhnian paradigms, and Durkheim’s theory of social cohesion through collective representation. I argue that models serve a similar function with respect to the scientific community. However, this does not imply that practice is independent of belief. What I suggest instead is that practice is reconciled or negotiated with belief. Thus practice in a sense, does not tell us the whole story.

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Additional Information: Prof. Dr. Mohd Hazim Shah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies in Science from Manchester University, England, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A. In 1993 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne, Australia. From January to June 2008 he spent his sabbatical leave at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, as a Visiting Scholar. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Malaya, where he teaches the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. He has been the Deputy President of the Malaysian Social Science Association since 2000. His research interest includes theoretical studies on science and culture, and comparative epistemology.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kuhnian paradigms; Durkheim’s theory; social cohesion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
Depositing User: Ms Saidatul Azura Radzi
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2014 09:35
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 03:21
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/9350

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