The Heuristic Defense of Scientific Models: An Incentive-Based Assessment

Perspectives on Science 23 (4):424-442 (2015)
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It is undeniable that much scientific work is model-based. Despite this, the justification for this reliance on models is still controversial. A particular difficulty here is the fact that many scientific models are based on assumptions that do not describe the exact details of many or even any empirical situations very well. This raises the question of why it is that, despite their frequent lack of descriptive accuracy, employing models is scientifically useful.One..



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