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Frigg, Roman and Nguyen, James (2019) Mirrors Without Warnings. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Veritism, the position that truth is necessary for epistemic acceptability, seems to be in tension with the observation that much of our best science is not, strictly speaking, true when interpreted literally. This generates a paradox: (i) truth is necessary for epistemic acceptability; (ii) the claims of science have to be taken literally; (iii) much of what science produces is not literally true and yet it is acceptable. We frame Elgin’s project in True Enough as being motivated by, and offering a particular resolution to, this paradox. We discuss the paradox with a particular focus on scientific models and argue that there is another resolution available which is compatible with retaining veritism: rejecting the idea that scientific models should be interpreted literally.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Frigg, Romanr.p.frigg@lse.ac.uk0000-0003-0812-0907
Nguyen, Jamesjames.nguyen@sas.ac.uk0000-0002-6919-1365
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Synthese
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: James Nguyen
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2019 12:53
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2019 12:53
Item ID: 15920
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 19 April 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15920

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