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Mapping Reality

Philip Kitcher

in Science, Truth, and Democracy

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145830
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833344 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195145836.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Mapping Reality

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The theme of Chapter 4 is developed and illustrated by considering the example of maps. Maps are partly objective in that there are criteria of accurate representation; they are also partly dependent on our concerns in the choice of features of the terrain that are to be included.

Keywords: objectivity; scientific goals; scientific progress

Chapter.  3476 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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