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Models: Useful but Not True

  • Peter TruranEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Global Warming Scientific Realism Empirical Adequacy Mathematical Construct Constructive Empiricism 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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