Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances, with a Reply from Bas van Fraassen

Hardcover | October 4, 2007

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Thirteen specially written essays discuss topics from the work of Bas van Fraassen, one of the most important contemporary philosophers of science. The central and unifying theme of the volume is empiricism, an approach which van Fraassen developed most fully in iThe Scientific Image/i andiThe Empirical Stance/i. Thirteen of the world's leading experts in the field 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 in holding a particularset of beliefs, but is rather a matter of taking a istance/i. iImages of Empiricism/i 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.

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Thirteen specially written essays discuss topics from the work of Bas van Fraassen, one of the most important contemporary philosophers of science. The central and unifying theme of the volume is empiricism, an approach which van Fraassen developed most fully in iThe Scientific Image/i andiThe Empirical Stance/i. Thirteen of the worl...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 4, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: The Scientific Image1. Maarten Van Dyck: Constructive Empiricism and the Argument from Underdetermination2. Nancy Cartwright: Why be Hanged for Even a Lamb3. James Ladyman: The Epistemology of Constructive Empiricism4. Alexander Bird: Underdetermination and Evidence5. Philip Percival: An Empiricist Critique of Constructive Empiricism: The Aim of Science6. Peter Lipton: Accepting Contradictions7. Stathis Psillos: Putting a Bridle on Irrationality: An Appraisal of van Fraassen's New EpistemologyPart II: The Empirical Stance8. Ernan McMullin: Taking an Empirical Stance9. Anjan Chakravartty: Six Degrees of Speculation: Metaphysics in Empirical Contexts10. Chad Mohler: The Dilemma of Empiricist Belief11. Michel Bitbol: Materialism, Stances, and Open-Mindedness12. Anja Jauernig: Can a Philosophical Position Consist in a Stance? or, How to be an Empiricist and a Philosopher at the Same Time13. Dien Ho: Farewell to EmpiricismPart III: Van Fraassen's Reply14. Bas van Fraassen: From A View Of Science To A New Empiricism