Bas Van Fraassen's Approach To Representation And Models In Science by Wenceslao J. GonzalezBas Van Fraassen's Approach To Representation And Models In Science by Wenceslao J. Gonzalez

Bas Van Fraassen's Approach To Representation And Models In Science

byWenceslao J. Gonzalez

Paperback | September 3, 2016

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This book analyzes Bas van Fraassen's characterization of representation and models in science. In this regard, it presents the philosophical coordinates of his approach and pays attention to his structural empiricism as a framework for his views on scientific representations and models. These are developed here through two new contributions made by van Fraassen. In addition, there are analyses of the relation between models and reality in his approach, where the complexity of this conception is considered in detail. Furthermore, there is an examination of scientific explanation and epistemic values judgments. This volume includes a wealth of bibliographical information on his philosophy and relevant philosophical issues.

Bas van Fraassen is a key figure in contemporary philosophy of science, as the prestigious Hempel Award shows. His views on scientific representation offer new ideas on how it should be characterized, and his conception of models shows a novelty that goes beyond other empiricists' approaches of recent times. Both aspects - the characterization of scientific representation and the conception of models in science - are part of a deliberate attempt to forge a "structural empiricism," an alternative to structural realism based on an elaborated version of empiricism.

Title:Bas Van Fraassen's Approach To Representation And Models In ScienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:233 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.17 inPublished:September 3, 2016Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9402402039

ISBN - 13:9789402402032

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Table of Contents

Prologue; Wenceslao J. Gonzalez.- Part 1. Philosophical Coordinates.- Chapter 1. "On Representation and Models in Bas van Fraassen's Approach"; Wenceslao J. Gonzalez.- Chapter 2. "Scientific Activity as an Interpretative Practice. Empiricism, Constructivism and Pragmatism"; Inmaculada Perdomo.- Chapter 3. "Models and Phenomena: Bas van Fraassen's Empiricist Structuralism"; Iranzo, Valeriano.- Part 2. Models and Representations.- Chapter 4. "The Criterion of Empirical Grounding in the Sciences"; Bas van Fraassen.- Chapter 5. "On Representing Evidence"; Maria Carla Galavotti.- Part 3. Models and Reality.- Chapter 6. "The View from Within and the View from Above : Looking at van Fraassen's Perrin"; Stathis Psillos.- Chapter 7. "Models and Phenomena: Bas van Fraassen's Empiricist Structuralism"; Valeriano Iranzo.- Chapter 8. "Scientific Models and Abduction: The Role of Non Classical Logics"; Ángel Nepomuceno.- Part 4. Scientific Explanation and Epistemic Values Judgments.- Chapter 9. "Explanation as a Pragmatic Virtue: Bas van Fraassen's Model"; Margarita Santana.- Chapter 10. "Values, Choices, and Epistemic Stances", Bas van Fraassen.