Idealization

Philosophy Compass 9 (3):176-185 (2014)

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Alkistis Elliott-Graves
University of Helsinki
Michael Weisberg
University of Pennsylvania
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This article reviews the recent literature on idealization, specifically idealization in the course of scientific modeling. We argue that idealization is not a unified concept and that there are three different types of idealization: Galilean, minimalist, and multiple models, each with its own justification. We explore the extent to which idealization is a permanent feature of scientific representation and discuss its implications for debates about scientific realism
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