Models, Idealisations, and Realism

Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 25)


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.


Idealise Model Scientific Realism Semantic View Predictive Success Empirical Adequacy 
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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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of ScienceUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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