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What Is Science?

Bas C. van Fraassen

in Quantum Mechanics

Published in print September 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239802
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597466 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198239807.003.0001

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 What Is Science?

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The controversy between scientific realism and empiricism can be set aside during the common task of interpreting the theories of modern science. But this book is written within the semantic approach to science, which identifies theories in terms of classes of models and their relation to the phenomena. While this provides the two main ingredients for any view of science, these do not determine but only constrain the interpretation of those theories (‘science as open text’, admitting a plurality of interpretations).

Keywords: empiricism; interpretation; model; scientific realism; theory

Chapter.  6435 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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