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Nowak, Models, and the Lessons of Neo-Kantianism

In: Organon F, vol. 30, no. 2
Stephen Turner


Year, pages: 2023, 165 - 170
Language: eng
Ideal-types; idealization; Leszek Nowak; models; neo- Kantianism; Poznań School of Methodology; underdetermination.
Article type: Discussion Note
About article:
Models are the coin of the realm in current philosophy of science, as they are in science itself, having replaced laws and theories as the primary strategy. Logical Positivism tried to erase the older neo-Kantian distinction between ideal constructions and reality. It returns in the case of models. Nowak’s concept of idealization pro- vided an alternative account of this issue. It construed model application as concretizations of hypotheses which improve by accounting for exceptions. This appears to account for physical law. But it raises the problem of uniqueness: is the result unique, as physical law should be? Neo-Kantianism failed this test. Its solutions were circular justifications for claims of uniqueness. Nowak inherited the problem without resolving it.
How to cite:
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Turner, S. 2023. Nowak, Models, and the Lessons of Neo-Kantianism. In Organon F, vol. 30, no.2, pp. 165-170. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2023.30208

Turner, S. (2023). Nowak, Models, and the Lessons of Neo-Kantianism. Organon F, 30(2), 165-170. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2023.30208
About edition:
Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Published: 1. 7. 2023
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