Models, Idealisations, and Realism
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I explore a challenge that idealisations pose to scientific realism and argue that the realist can best accommodate idealisations by capitalising on certain modal features of idealised models that are underwritten by laws of nature.
KeywordsIdealise Model Scientific Realism Semantic View Predictive Success Empirical Adequacy
A version of this paper was presented at a workshop on Models and Inferences in Science in Rome. Thanks to the workshop audience, as well as James Fraser, Steven French, and especially Arnon Levy, for helpful comments.
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