|As if: the temporary assumption that things were so and so a) while it is not known whether this is so, b) while it is known that this is not the case. See also idealization, counterfactuals.|
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|William James (1907) Der Wahrheitsbegriff des Pragmatismus“ (Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, 4 S 141 55 und 396 406) in Paul Horwich (Ed.) Theories of Truth Dartmouth, Aldershot 1994
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As if/correspondence/pragmatism/James: one can say that scientific ideas agree with the reality "as if" they existed, e.g. as if reality consisted of ether, atoms or electrons, etc. We do not have to accept them literally.
P. Horwich (Ed.)
Theories of Truth Aldershot 1994