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Approximate Generalizations and Their Idealization

Ernest W. Adams
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1982, Volume One: Contributed Papers (1982), pp. 199-207
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/192667
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Approximate Generalizations and Their Idealization
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Abstract

Aspects of a formal theory of approximate generalizations, according to which they have degrees of truth measurable by the proportions of their instances for which they are true, are discussed. The idealizability of laws in theories of fundamental measurement is considered: given that the laws of these theories are only approximately true "in the real world", does it follow that slight changes in the extensions of their predicates would make them exactly true?

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