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

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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 The Scientific Image and The Empirical Stance. 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 particular set of beliefs, but is rather a matter of taking a stance. Images of Empiricism 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199218844
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/24/2007
  • Series: Mind Association Occasional Series
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgement     vii
Notes on contributors     ix
Introduction   Bradley Monton     1
The Scientific Image     9
Constructive Empiricism and the Argument from Underdetermination   Maarten Van Dyck     11
Why be Hanged for Even a Lamb?   Nancy Cartwright     32
The Epistemology of Constructive Empiricism   James Ladyman     46
Underdetermination and Evidence   Alexander Bird     62
An Empiricist Critique of Constructive Empiricism: The Aim of Science   Philip Percival     83
Accepting Contradictions   Peter Lipton     117
Putting a Bridle on Irrationality: An Appraisal of van Fraassen's New Epistemology   Stathis Psillos     134
The Empirical Stance     165
Taking an Empirical Stance   Ernan McMullin     167
Six Degrees of Speculation: Metaphysics in Empirical Contexts   Anjan Chakravartty     183
The Dilemma of Empiricist Belief   Chad Mohler     209
Materialism, Stances, and Open-Mindedness   Michel Bitbol     229
Must Empiricism Be a Stance, and Could it Be One? How to Be an Empiricist and a Philosopher at the Same Time   Anja Jauernig     271
Farewell to Empiricism   Dien Ho     319
Van Fraassen's Reply     335
From a View of Science to a New Empiricism   Bas C. van Fraassen     337
Index     385
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