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Andersen, Holly (2023) Trueing. [Preprint]

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Even in areas of philosophy of science that don’t involve formal treatments of truth, one’s background view of truth still centrally shapes views on other issues. I offer an informal way to think about truth as trueing, like trueing a bicycle wheel. This holist approach to truth provides a way to discuss knowledge products like models in terms of how well-trued they are to their target. Trueing emphasizes: the process by which models are brought into true; how the idealizations in models are not false but rather like spokes in appropriate tension to achieve a better-trued fit to target; and that this process is not accomplished once and done forever, but instead requires upkeep and ongoing fine-tuning. I conclude by emphasizing the social importance of being a pragmatist about truth in order to accurately answer questions about science such as, “but do we really know that…”


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Item Type: Preprint
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Andersen, Hollyholly_andersen@sfu.ca0000-0002-7950-8186
Additional Information: forthcoming in The Pragmatist Challenge: Pragmatist Metaphysics for Philosophy of Science, OUP, eds. Andersen and Mitchell
Keywords: truth, idealization, modeling, holism, pragmatism
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Holly Andersen
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2022 14:30
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2022 14:32
Item ID: 21044
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21044

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