Idealizations and Understanding: Much Ado About Nothing?

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 97 (4):673-689 (2019)
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Abstract

Because idealizations frequently advance scientific understanding, many claim that falsehoods play an epistemic role. In this paper, we argue that these positions greatly overstate idealiza...

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Kareem Khalifa
University of California, Los Angeles
Emily Sullivan
Utrecht University

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