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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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This book contains thirteen specially written chapters which discuss topics from the work of Bas C. van Fraassen, one of the most important contemporary philosophers of science. The central and unifying theme of the book is empiricism, an approach which van Fraassen developed most fully in The Scientific Image and The Empirical Stance. Thirteen experts examine van Fraassen's defence of scientific anti-realism (which he sees as a core tenet of empiricism), as well as his claim that adopting a philosophical position like empiricism does not consist of holding a particular set of beliefs, but is rather a matter of taking a stance. The book concludes with an extensive and intriguing reply by van Fraassen, in which he develops and corrects his old views, and offers new insights into the nature of science, empiricism, and philosophy itself.

Keywords: Bas C. van Fraassen; The Scientific Image; The Empirical Stance; anti-realism; set of beliefs; stance

Book.  400 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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Introduction in Images of Empiricism

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Why be Hanged for Even a Lamb? in Images of Empiricism

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Underdetermination and Evidence in Images of Empiricism

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Accepting Contradictions in Images of Empiricism

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Taking an Empirical Stance in Images of Empiricism

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