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Elliott-Graves, Alkistis (2012) Abstract and Complete. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    There are two notions of abstraction that are often confused. The material view implies that the products of abstraction are not concrete. It is vulnerable to the criticism that abstracting introduces misrepresentations to the system, hence abstraction is indistinguishable from idealization. The omission view fares better against this criticism because it does not entail that abstract objects are non-physical and because it asserts that the way scientists abstract is different to the way they idealize. Moreover, the omission view better captures the way that abstraction is used in many parts of science. Disentangling the two notions is an important prerequisite for determining how to evaluate the use abstraction in science.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Ms. Alkistis Elliott-Graves
    Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2012 10:08
    Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 10:08
    Item ID: 9274
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9274

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