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Idealization and the Aims of Science

Angela Potochnik

Abstract

Idealizations are assumptions made without regard for whether they are true and often with full knowledge they are false. This book develops a strong view of idealization’s centrality to science and reconsiders the aims of science in light of that centrality. The starting point is well-accepted ideas about how science is shaped by its human practitioners and by the world's complexity. Together, these ideas inspire a view of science as the search for causal patterns, a search that relies significantly on idealizations. Idealizations contribute to science in a variety of ways, including by playi ... More

Keywords: idealization, understanding, scientific aims, explanation, causation, levels of organization, values in science, pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226507057
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226507194.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela Potochnik, author
University of Cincinnati