Constructive empiricism is the version of scientific anti-realism promulgated by Bas van Fraassen in his famous book The Scientific Image Van Fraassen defines the view as follows:. Science aims to give us theories which are empirically adequate; and acceptance of a theory involves as belief only that it is empirically adequate. With his doctrine of constructive empiricism, van Fraassen is widely credited with rehabilitating scientific anti-realism. There has been a contentious debate within the philosophy of science community over whether constructive empiricism is true or false. In addition, there are controversies about what the doctrine actually amounts to.
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Sign in Create an account. Syntax Advanced Search. About us. Editorial team. Van Fraassen Bas. Oxford University Press In this book van Fraassen develops an alternative to scientific realism by constructing and evaluating three mutually reinforcing theories. Constructive Empiricism in General Philosophy of Science. Realism and Anti-Realism, Misc in Metaphysics. Scientific Truth in General Philosophy of Science. Edit this record. Mark as duplicate.
Find it on Scholar. Request removal from index. Revision history. Google Books no proxy From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Configure custom resolver. Chapters BETA. Oxford University Press. The Strategy of Model-Based Science. Peter Godfrey-Smith - - Biology and Philosophy 21 5 Ronald N.
Giere - - Philosophy of Science 71 5 A Contextual Approach to Scientific Understanding. Understanding as Representation Manipulability. Daniel A. Wilkenfeld - - Synthese 6 Jeff Foss - - Philosophy of Science 58 2 Van Fraassen.
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Against the former, it insists on a literal understanding of the language of science and on an irreducibly pragmatic dimension of theory acceptance. Beginning with a critique of the metaphysical arguments that typically accompany scientific realism, a new c Beginning with a critique of the metaphysical arguments that typically accompany scientific realism, a new characterization of empirical adequacy is presented, together with an interpretation of probability in both modern and contemporary physics and a pragmatic theory of explanation. Keywords: empirical adequacy , empiricism , explanation , logical positivism , metaphysics , philosophy of physics , philosophy of science , pragmatism , probability , scientific realism , theory acceptance. Forgot password?
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