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Inside ManThe Discipline of Modeling Human Ways of Being$
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Mihnea Moldoveanu

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773041

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773041.001.0001

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What Are Models For?

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
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This chapter discusses the purpose of the modeling of human ways-of-being and the role of the models. It explains the function of models in representational and performative dimensions, and discusses the shift of human ways-of-being modeling from normative-descriptive-prescriptive to ascriptive science. The chapter also explores ways to increase the precision in formulating propositions about thinking and behavior, and how to capitalize on the distancing effect produced when we talk about people as agents or decision agents.

Keywords:   modeling, ways-of-being, models, representational dimensions, performative dimensions, ascriptive science, thinking, behavior

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