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Images of Empiricism

Edited by Bradley Monton

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218844
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711732 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218844.001.0001

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

Images of Empiricism

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Accepting Contradictions

Peter Lipton.

in Images of Empiricism

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 7050 words.

This chapter examines the general idea of acceptance, from an angle somewhat different from van Fraassen's. It focuses on the sort of case where the argument for acceptance rather than...

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Constructive Empiricism and the Argument from Underdetermination

Maarten Van Dyck.

in Images of Empiricism

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 8565 words.

This chapter examines the arguments van Fraassen gives for constructive empiricism. Van Fraassen is often presented as giving some version of the argument from underdetermination: the...

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The Dilemma of Empiricist Belief

Chad Mohler.

in Images of Empiricism

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 7883 words.

This chapter evaluates van Fraassen's rejection of naïve empiricism. For example a naïve empiricist holds that to be an empiricist is to believe some thesis E. Van Fraassen argues that the...

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An Empiricist Critique of Constructive Empiricism: The Aim of Science

Philip Percival.

in Images of Empiricism

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 14439 words.

This chapter examines the aim of science according to constructive empiricism. It argues that empirical adequacy is not the only scientific non-instrumental theoretical value. A tautologous...

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The Epistemology of Constructive Empiricism

James Ladyman.

in Images of Empiricism

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 6426 words.

This chapter questions what epistemic reason van Fraassen has for focusing on empirical adequacy. It contrasts van Fraassen's constructive empiricism with a pragmatic empiricism, where one...

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Farewell to Empiricism

Dien Ho.

in Images of Empiricism

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 5927 words.

In Lecture 2 of The Empirical Stance, Bas van Fraassen argues that empiricism cannot be construed as a simple philosophical position; instead, he suggests that empiricism should be thought...

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From a View of Science to a New Empiricism

Bas C. van Fraassen.

in Images of Empiricism

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 19842 words.

This chapter presents Bas van Fraassen's responses to the critique of his works. He mentions the ways he has changed his mind in the years since The Scientific Image. He highlights two...

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Introduction

Bradley Monton.

in Images of Empiricism

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 2558 words.

This introductory chapter presents an overview of the chapters included in this book. The chapters in Part I make important contributions to the developing understanding of what van...

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Materialism, Stances, and Open‐Mindedness

Michel Bitbol.

in Images of Empiricism

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 17452 words.

In his book The Empirical Stance, Bas van Fraassen develops a strong and subtle attack on materialism. This chapter amplifies this criticism from a mainly neo-Kantian standpoint, and...

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Must Empiricism Be a Stance, and Could it Be One? How to Be an Empiricist and a Philosopher at the Same Time

Anja Jauernig.

in Images of Empiricism

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 22028 words.

This chapter begins by examining van Fraassen's claims that being an empiricist cannot amount to believing a central empiricist dogma (‘naïve empiricism’), but should be understood as...

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