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Scientific Pluralism and Its Limits

Angela Potochnik

in Idealization and the Aims of Science

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226507057
eISBN:
9780226507194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226507194.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The account of the aims of science developed in this book explicitly links those aims to particularities of scientists and the audiences of science. This final chapter investigates some implications ... More


Science Isn’t after the Truth

Angela Potochnik

in Idealization and the Aims of Science

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226507057
eISBN:
9780226507194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226507194.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The examples of scientific research in Chapter 2 resist interpretation as aiming for the truth, successive approximation, or increasingly accurate representation of phenomena. This seems to be so for ... More


Idealization and the Aims of Science

Angela Potochnik

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226507057
eISBN:
9780226507194
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226507194.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Idealizations are assumptions made without regard for whether they are true and often with full knowledge they are false. This book develops a strong view of idealization’s centrality to science and ... More


Levels and Fields of Science

Angela Potochnik

in Idealization and the Aims of Science

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226507057
eISBN:
9780226507194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226507194.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The preceding chapters have developed an account of the aims and practice of science that features, at its core, the idea that idealization is rampant and unchecked. This chapter outlines the ... More


The Diversity of Scientific Projects

Angela Potochnik

in Idealization and the Aims of Science

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226507057
eISBN:
9780226507194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226507194.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Chapter 2 examines a unified description of science as employing idealizations to identify causal patterns in the face of causal complexity. That unified description conceals the full diversity of ... More


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