Models: Useful but Not True

  • Peter TruranEmail author
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Our theories are, to some extent, models of reality. Like all models, a theory or hypothesis will tell us a truth about an aspect of reality, but it will not be the whole truth. All models are approximations of reality. Understand the limitations and assumptions of any theoretical model that you are using.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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