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The Exploratory Role of Idealizations and Limiting Cases in Models

Shech, Elay and Gelfert, Axel (2016) The Exploratory Role of Idealizations and Limiting Cases in Models. [Preprint]

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In this article we argue that idealizations and limiting cases in models play an exploratory role in science. Four senses of exploration are presented: exploration of the structure and representational capacities of theory; proof-of-principle demonstrations; potential explanations; and exploring the suitability of target systems. We illustrate our claims through three case studies, including the Aharonov-Bohm effect, the emergence of anyons and fractional quantum statistics, and the Hubbard model of the Mott phase transitions. We end by reflecting on how our case studies and claims compare to accounts of idealization in the philosophy of science literature such as Michael Weisberg’s three-fold taxonomy.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Shech, Elayeshech@gmail.com
Gelfert, Axel
Keywords: Idealization; Models; Exploration
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Mr. Elay Shech
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2017 16:31
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2017 16:31
Item ID: 13338
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: July 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13338

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