Don’t Blame the Idealizations
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Idealizing conditions are scapegoats for scientific hypotheses, too often blamed for falsehood better attributed to less obvious sources. But while the tendency to blame idealizations is common among both philosophers of science and scientists themselves, the blame is misplaced. Attention to the nature of idealizing conditions, the content of idealized hypotheses, and scientists’ attitudes toward those hypotheses shows that idealizing conditions are blameless when hypotheses misrepresent. These conditions help to determine the content of idealized hypotheses, and they do so in a way that prevents those hypotheses from being false by virtue of their constituent idealizations.
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- Don’t Blame the Idealizations
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Volume 44, Issue 1 , pp 85-100
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- Nicholaos Jones (1)
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, 35899, USA