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Expanding the Scope of Explanatory Idealization

Wayne, Andrew (2010) Expanding the Scope of Explanatory Idealization. In: [2010] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 22nd Biennial Mtg (Montréal, QC) > PSA 2010 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    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)
    Keywords: Explanation; idealization; model; physics; nonlinear oscillator
    Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2010] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 22nd Biennial Mtg (Montréal, QC) > PSA 2010 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Andrew Wayne
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2010
    Last Modified: 24 Jun 2011 07:31
    Item ID: 5145
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5145

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