Recently, there has been a move in particle physics towards so-called “simplified models” that consciously abstract away from features of the target system. Such models are based on fewer theoretical premises and nevertheless cover a bigger part of the parameter space as compared to traditional, all-encompassing models like supersymmetry. At the same time, the question arises whether simplified models can still be seen as an explanation of what happens in the target system given the amount of idealization involved, or whether they are merely an intermediate step towards an explanation, which would then be provided by a more encompassing theory.

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