Laws and Models in a Theory of Idealization

@article{Liu2004LawsAM,
  title={Laws and Models in a Theory of Idealization},
  author={Chuang Liu},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2004},
  volume={138},
  pages={363-385}
}
I first give a brief summary of a critique of the traditional theories of approximation and idealization; and after identifying one of the major roles of idealization as detaching component processes or systems from their joints, a detailed analysis is given of idealized laws – which are discoverable and/or applicable – in such processes and systems (i.e., idealized model systems). Then, I argue that dispositional properties should be regarded as admissible properties for laws and that such an… CONTINUE READING