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24-3-2010 3:00 PM

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24-3-2010 6:00 PM

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Many phenomena pose interesting “fundamental” questions for both physics and philosophy of science. Understanding and explanation often seem to require non-Galilean, essential idealizations. But idealizations are false. This fact suggests that we need to give up on the view that truth is a necessary condition for explanation.


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Idealization in Scientific Explanation

Many phenomena pose interesting “fundamental” questions for both physics and philosophy of science. Understanding and explanation often seem to require non-Galilean, essential idealizations. But idealizations are false. This fact suggests that we need to give up on the view that truth is a necessary condition for explanation.