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Expanding the Scope of Explanatory Idealization

Wayne, Andrew (2010) Expanding the Scope of Explanatory Idealization. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Many explanations in physics rely on idealized models of physical systems. These explanations fail to satisfy the conditions of standard normative accounts of explanation. Recently, some philosophers have claimed that idealizations can be used to underwrite explanation nonetheless, but only when they are what have variously been called representational, Galilean, controllable or harmless idealizations. This paper argues that such a half-measure is untenable and that idealizations not of this sort can have explanatory capacities.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Wayne, Andrew
Keywords: Explanation; idealization; model; physics; nonlinear oscillator
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Andrew Wayne
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2010
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2011 11:31
Item ID: 5145

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