Philosophy of Science
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Most attempts to justify the use of idealized models to explain
appeal to the accuracy of the model with respect to difference-making causes.
In this paper, I argue for an alternative way to justify using idealized models
to explain that appeals to universality classes. In support of this view, I show
that scientific modelers seeking to explain stable limiting behaviors often
explicitly appeal to universality classes in order to justify their use of idealized
models to explain.
Rice, Collin. 2020. "Universality and Modeling Limiting Behaviors." Philosophy of Science 87:5: 829-840.
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