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Review of Angela Potochnik’s Idealization and the Aims of Science

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2022


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Thanks to Alican Başdemir, Andrew Buskell, Angela Potochnik, Lachlan Walmsley, and the editors at Philosophy of Science for extremely helpful discussion and comments.


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