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Idealization and Many Aims

Potochnik, Angela (2020) Idealization and Many Aims. [Preprint]

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In this paper, I first outline the view developed in my recent book on the role of idealization in scientific understanding. I discuss how this view leads to the recognition of a number of kinds of variability among scientific representations, including variability introduced by the many different aims of scientific projects. I then argue that the role of idealization in securing understanding distances understanding from truth, but that this understanding nonetheless gives rise to scientific knowledge. This discussion will clarify how my view relates to three other recent books on understanding by Henk de Regt, Catherine Elgin, and Kareem Khalifa.


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Potochnik, Angela
Keywords: idealization, understanding, explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Angela Potochnik
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 03:04
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 03:04
Item ID: 19005
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Science
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1086/710622
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2020
Page Range: pp. 933-943
Volume: 87
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19005

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