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Armchair science

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We define the notion of armchair science – roughly, a concentration on the development of idealized theory with only a loose relation to possible empirical application, and in particular with no specific real-world target in mind. We argue that in many fields there is rather too much of it. Philosophy of science should be at the forefront of highlighting this widespread problem, and proposing solutions to it. Yet, for a couple of reasons, existing philosophical work on modelling has fallen short in this critical role.

This talk is part of the CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) seminar series.

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