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Idealization and the aims of science

Author: Angela Potochnik
Publisher: Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2017 ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Angela Potochnik
ISBN: 9780226507057 ) 022650705X ((hardcover alkaline paper)
OCLC Number: 1101830222
Description: x, 252 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : doing science in a complex world. Science by humans ; Science in a complex world ; The payoff : idealizations and many aims --
Complex causality and simplified representation. Causal patterns in the face of complexity ; Causal patterns ; Causal complexity ; Simplification by idealization ; Reasons to idealize ; Idealizations' representational role ; Rampant and unchecked idealization --
The diversity of scientific projects. Broad patterns : modeling cooperation ; A specific phenomenon : variation in human aggression ; Predictions and idealizations in the physical sciences ; Surveying the diversity --
Science isn't after the truth. The aims of science ; Understanding as science's epistemic aim ; Separate pursuit of science's aims ; Understanding, truth, and knowledge ; The nature of scientific understanding ; The role of truth and scientific knowledge --
Causal pattern explanations. Explanation, communication, and understanding ; An account of scientific explanation ; The scope of causal patterns ; The crucial role of the audience ; Adequate explanations --
Levels and fields of science. Levels in philosophy and science ; Going without levels ; Against hierarchy ; Prizing apart forms of stratification ; The fields of science and how they relate --
Scientific pluralism and its limits. The entrenchment of social values ; How science doesn't inform metaphysics ; Scientific progress
Responsibility: Angela Potochnik

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