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How scientific models can explain
  • A. Bokulich
  • Mathematics, Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • 1 May 2011
TLDR
A general account of what it is that makes an explanation a model explanation, and the conditions under which it is reasonable to take such models as being genuinely explanatory. Expand
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Reexamining the Quantum-Classical Relation: Beyond Reductionism and Pluralism
Classical mechanics and quantum mechanics are two of the most successful scientific theories ever discovered, and yet how they can describe the same world is far from clear: one theory isExpand
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Distinguishing Explanatory from Nonexplanatory Fictions
  • A. Bokulich
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • 19 November 2012
There is a growing recognition that fictions have a number of legitimate functions in science, even when it comes to scientific explanation. However, the question then arises, what distinguishes anExpand
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Can Classical Structures Explain Quantum Phenomena?
  • A. Bokulich
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1 June 2008
In semiclassical mechanics one finds explanations of quantum phenomena that appeal to classical structures. These explanations are prima facie problematic insofar as the classical structures theyExpand
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Fiction As a Vehicle for Truth: Moving Beyond the Ontic Conception
Despite widespread evidence that fictional models play an explanatory role in science, resistance remains to the idea that fictions can explain. A central source of this resistance is a particularExpand
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Open or closed? Dirac, Heisenberg, and the relation between classical and quantum mechanics
This paper describes a long-standing, though little-known, debate between Paul Dirac and Werner Heisenberg over the nature of scientific methodology, theory change, and intertheoretic relations.Expand
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Niels Bohr’s Generalization of Classical Mechanics
We clarify Bohr’s interpretation of quantum mechanics by demonstrating the central role played by his thesis that quantum theory is a rational generalization of classical mechanics. This thesis isExpand
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Models and Explanation
Detailed examinations of scientific practice have revealed that the use of idealized models in the sciences is pervasive. These models play a central role in not only the investigation and predictionExpand
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METAPHYSICAL INDETERMINACY, PROPERTIES, AND QUANTUM THEORY
It has frequently been suggested that quantum mechanics may provide a genuine case of ontic vagueness or metaphysical indeterminacy. However, discussions of quantum theory in the vagueness literatureExpand
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How the Tiger Bush Got its Stripes: ‘How Possibly’ vs. ‘How Actually’ Model Explanations
1. Model-Based Explanation and The 'How Possibly'/ 'How Actually 'Distinction(s)The use of idealized models in generating scientific explanations is pervasive in the sciences; however philosophers ofExpand
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