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Nested modalities in astrophysical modeling

Castellani, Elena and Schettino, Giulia (2023) Nested modalities in astrophysical modeling. [Preprint]

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In the context of astrophysical modeling at the solar system scale, we investigate the modalities implied by taking into account different levels of detail at which phenomena can be considered. In particular, by framing the analysis in terms of the how-possibly/how-actually distinction, we address the debated question as to whether the degree of plausibility is tightly linked to the degree of detail. On the grounds of concrete examples, we argue that, also in the astrophysical context examined, this is not necessarily the case.

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Item Type: Preprint
Schettino, Giuliag.schettino@ifac.cnr.it0000-0003-0819-5052
Additional Information: Forthcoming in European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Astrophysical modeling practices; Modal modeling; How-possibly/how-actually distinction; Post-Newtonian models; Metric theories of gravity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Giulia Schettino
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2023 20:55
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2023 20:55
Item ID: 21634
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: January 2023

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