Readers of this blog might be interested in checking out a session this Thursday night, 7:30-10:30pm, at the Central APA on the topic of idealization. The lineup:
Robert Batterman (University of Western Ontario), “Explanatorily Essential Idealizations”
Otávio A. Bueno (University of Miami), “Idealization in Science: An Inferential
Christopher Pincock (Purdue University), "How to Avoid Inconsistent Idealizations" (formerly “Idealization and Mathematical Tractability”)
Michael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania), “Deploying Highly Idealized Models”
I will be defending the contentious claim that idealizations of ocean waves do not involve the assumption that the ocean is infinitely deep ...
Thanks to Omar Mirza (St. Cloud State) for chairing!