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Fictions, conditionals, and stellar astrophysics

Suárez, Mauricio (2013) Fictions, conditionals, and stellar astrophysics. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 27 (3). pp. 235-252. ISSN 0269-8595

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Identification Number: 10.1080/02698595.2013.825499

Abstract

This article argues in favour of an inferential role for fictions in scientific modelling. The argument proceeds by means of a detailed case study, namely models of the internal structure of stars in stellar astrophysics. The main assumptions in such models are described, and it is argued that they are best understood as useful fictions. The role that conditionals play in these models is explained, and it is argued that fictional assumptions play an important role as either background or antecedent conditions. I then expand on the argument for the compatibility of fictions and scientific realism. I argue that realism and antirealism plausibly offer correspondingly different accounts of the semantics of these fictional conditionals.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cisp20#.VrTUI_mLRpg
Additional Information: © 2013 Open Society Foundation
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2016 17:01
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 05:14
Projects: FFI2011-29834-C03-01
Funders: Spanish Government
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/65260

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