Manipulative success and the unreal

  title={Manipulative success and the unreal},
  author={Axel Gelfert},
  journal={International Studies in the Philosophy of Science},
  pages={245 - 263}
  • Axel Gelfert
  • Published 1 October 2003
  • Philosophy
  • International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
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