Chapter

Taking an Empirical Stance

Ernan McMullin

in Images of Empiricism

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218844
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711732 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218844.003.0009

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

 Taking an Empirical Stance

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This chapter begins by considering the role of emotion in scientific revolutions. It argues that one can undergo a scientific revolution without ever facing an existentialist moment where emotion is essentially involved. It then takes up van Fraassen's discussion of religion from the final chapter of The Empirical Stance. It proposes that such a discussion of emotion in conceptual shifts is relevant to van Fraassen's ideas about encountering God.

Keywords: emotion; scientific revolutions; Bas van Fraassen; This Empirical Stance; religion

Chapter.  6672 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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