Idealizations and Understanding: Much Ado About Nothing?

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

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Kareem Khalifa
Middlebury College
Emily Sullivan
Eindhoven University of Technology
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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...
Keywords understanding  idealization  epistemic value  truth  models
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Understanding From Machine Learning Models.Emily Sullivan - forthcoming - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:axz035.
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