Departmental Papers (Philosophy)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

12-2007

Publication Source

The Journal of Philosophy

Volume

104

Issue

12

Start Page

639

Last Page

659

DOI

10.5840/jphil20071041240

Abstract

Philosophers of science increasingly recognize the importance of idealization: the intentional introduction of distortion into scientific theories. Yet this recognition has not yielded consensus about the nature of idealization. Thee literature of the past thirty years contains disparate characterizations and justifications, but little evidence of convergence towards a common position.

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This is the peer-reviewed version of the following article: Weisberg, M., Three Kinds of Idealization (2007) The Journal of Philosophy, which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.5840/jphil20071041240. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes only

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Date Posted: 04 December 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.