As If: Idealization and Ideals


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Idealization is a central feature of human thought. We build ideal models in the sciences, our politics is guided by pictures of impossible utopias, and our thinking about the arts and moral life is guided by images of how things might have been. In all these cases we sometimes proceed with a representation of the world that we know is not true or aim at a world we accept we cannot realize. This is the world of the -as if,- which the philosopher Hans Vaihinger delineated at the turn of the century, in ways he traced back to ...

As If: Idealization and Ideals 2017, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674975002