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True Enough$
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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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Casting in Bold Relief

Casting in Bold Relief

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(p.221) 11 Casting in Bold Relief
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True Enough
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Catherine Z. Elgin

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036535.003.0011

Laboratory experiments, thought experiments, and literary fictions are felicitous falsehoods. They distance themselves from the facts they bear on to screen out irrelevant, potentially confounding factors. This enables them to exemplify, and provide epistemic access to features that would otherwise be obscured.

Keywords:   Laboratory experiment, thought experiments, literary fiction, felicitous falsehood, exemplification

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