Strategies of abstraction

Biology and Philosophy 21 (5):741-755 (2006)
Abstract
Abstraction is seen as an active process which both enlightens and obscures. Abstractions are not true or false but relatively enlightening or obscuring according to the problem under study; different abstractions may grasp different aspects of a problem. Abstractions may be useless if they can answer questions only about themselves. A theoretical enterprise explores reality through acluster of abstractions that use different perspectives, temporal and horizontal scales, and assumes different givens.
Keywords Abstraction  Models  Modeling  Complexity  Systems
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-006-9052-8
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