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Fictions in Science

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Acknowledgments Part I: INTRODUCTION Fictions in Scientific Practice (Mauricio Suarez) Part II: THE NATURE OF FICTIONS IN SCIENCE 2. Fictionalism (Arthur Fine) 3. Laboratory Fictions (Joseph Rouse) 4. Models as Fictions (Anouk Barberousse and Pascal Ludwig) Part III: THE EXPLANATORY POWER OF FICTIONS 5. Exemplification, Idealization, and Scientific Understanding (Catherine Elgin) 6. Explanatory Fictions (Alisa Bokulich) 7. Fictions, Representations and Reality (Margaret Morrison) Part IV: FICTIONS IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES 8. When Does a Scientific Theory Describe Reality? (Carsten Held) 9. Scientific Fictions as Rules of Inference (Mauricio Suarez) 10. A Function for Fictions: Expanding the Scope of Science (Eric Winsberg) Part V: FICTIONS IN THE SPECIAL SCIENCES 11. Model Organisms as Fictions (Rachel Ankeny) 12. Representation, Idealization and Fiction in Economics: From the Assumptions Issue to the Epistemology of Modeling (Tarja Knuuttila) Part VI: FICTIONS AND REALISM 13. Fictions, Fictionalization and Truth in Science (Paul Teller) 14. Why Scientific Models Should Not Be Regarded as Works of Fiction (Ronald N. Giere) Notes on Contributors Bibliography Index

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Mauricio Suarez is Associate Professor in Logic and Philosophy of Science at Madrid's Complutense University. His main research interests lie in the philosophy of physics and general epistemology of science, and he has published widely in both areas.

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