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True Enough

Catherine Z. Elgin


Epistemology standardly holds that there can be no epistemically good reason to accept a known falsehood or to accept a mode of justification that is not truth-conducive. Such a stance cannot accommodate science, for science unabashedly relies on models, idealizations, and thought experiments which are known not to be true. We ought not assume that the inaccuracy of such devices is a sign of their inadequacy. When effective, they are felicitous falsehoods that exemplify features they share with the phenomena they bear on. Inasmuch as works of art also deploy felicitous falsehoods, they too adv ... More

Keywords: Understanding, holism, factivity, felictious falsehood, science, art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036535
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Z. Elgin, author
Harvard Graduate School of Education