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Catherine Z. Elgin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036535

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036535.001.0001

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Distancing from Truth

Distancing from Truth

(p.9) 2 Distancing from Truth
True Enough

Catherine Z. Elgin

The MIT Press

Too strong an emphasis on truth prevents epistemology from accommodating the cognitive contributions of science. Models and idealizations function as felicitous falsehoods that enhance the understanding of a range of phenomena. What emerges is a holism in which networks of mutually reinforcing cognitive commitments stand or fall together.

Keywords:   Understanding, knowledge, holism, science, acceptance

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