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Constructive Empiricism Without Underdetermination

Van Dyck, Maarten (2007) Constructive Empiricism Without Underdetermination. Images of Empiricism: essays on science and stances, with a reply by Bas C. van Fraassen. pp. 11-33.

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Abstract

According to a widely shared view, Bas van Fraassen is one of the main proponents of the argument from underdetermination. I argue that this opinion rests on a misreading of the Scientific Image. Van Fraassen’s use of the notion of empirical equivalence has been widely misunderstood. I offer a reconstruction of the main arguments for constructive empiricism, showing how the passages that have been taken to be part of an appeal to the argument from underdetermination should be interpreted. This has obvious implications for the discussions concerning scientific realism.


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Van Dyck, Maartenmaarten.vandyck@ugent.be
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Maarten Van Dyck
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2014 19:53
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 19:53
Item ID: 10591
Journal or Publication Title: Images of Empiricism: essays on science and stances, with a reply by Bas C. van Fraassen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 2007
Page Range: pp. 11-33
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10591

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