Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12577
Author(s):
Rune Nyrup
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Analogies often provide reasons for pursuing hypotheses or models. This is illustrated with a case study on the liquid drop model of the atomic nucleus. I criticise accounts in which analogies provide reasons for pursuit through epistemic support, proposing instead that analogies increase the value of learning the truth. I consider two accounts of this type: first, that analogies indicate potentials for theoretical unification; second, that analogies facilitate the transfer of already well-understood modelling frameworks to new domains. While the first is plausible for some cases, only the second can account for the liquid drop case study.

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