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Anomalies and Social Experience: Backcasting with Simulation Models

Bloomfield, Brian (1985) Anomalies and Social Experience: Backcasting with Simulation Models. Social Studies of Science, 15 (4). pp. 631-675. ISSN 0306-3127

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Abstract

This paper applies Bloor's extension of Douglas's grid/group theory to a novel case-namely, a debate which took place concerning the `retrodiction' or `backcasting' of system dynamics global simulation models. The paper has two aims: first, in terms of understanding this debate, it seeks to link the different treatments of anomalies within it both to the strategies for dealing with mathematical counter-examples described by Lakatos, and to the social experiences of the different protagonists; secondly, in terms of methodology, it attempts to illuminate both the possibilities and the difficulties of applying Bloor's scheme to cases outside pure mathematics.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Studies of Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 55469
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 Jun 2012 09:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55469

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