Biology and Philosophy 31 (1):81-102 (2016)

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This paper analyzes two ways idealized biological models produce factive scientific understanding. I then argue that models can provide factive scientific understanding of a phenomenon without providing an accurate representation of the features of their real-world target system. My analysis of these cases also suggests that the debate over scientific realism needs to investigate the factive scientific understanding produced by scientists’ use of idealized models rather than the accuracy of scientific models themselves.
Keywords Modeling  Scientific understanding  Idealization  Optimality  Scientific realism
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