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Overextending Partial Structures: Idealization and Abstraction

Pincock, Chris (2004) Overextending Partial Structures: Idealization and Abstraction. In: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers. (Unpublished)

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    The partial structures program of da Costa, French and others offers a unified framework within which to handle a wide range of issues central to contemporary philosophy of science. I argue that the program is inadequately equipped to account for simple cases where idealizations are used to construct abstract, mathematical models of physical systems. These problems show that da Costa and French have not overcome the objections raised by Cartwright and Suárez to using model-theoretic techniques in the philosophy of science. However, my concerns arise independently of the more controversial assumptions that Cartwright and Suárez have employed.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: models, idealization, partial structures, representation
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Conferences and Volumes: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Chris Pincock
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1899
    Public Domain: Yes
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1899

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