Bas C. van Fraassen The Empirical Stance. The Terry Lectures at Yale University , Fall ; published April ; paperback Paperback available from. PDF | On Jan 1, , Jeffrey Koperski and others published Bas C. Van Fraassen: The Empirical Stance. Bas C. van Fraassen, one of the world’s foremost contributors to philosophical logic and the philosophy of science, here undertakes a fresh consideration of.

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The Empirical Stance

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. Van Fraassen focuses on the philosophical problems of scientific and conceptual revolutions and on the not unrelated ruptures between religious and secular ways of seeing or conceiving of ourselves. These last three he classifies as non-objectifying forms of inquiry.

Yale University Press User Account Log in Register Help. Constructive Empiricism in General Philosophy of Science. Why Stonewalling Cant Work. Presumably van Fraassen would say that the emotions which were indispensable to effecting conversion from Catholicism to Protestantism were of the same sort as those that facilitated the switch from Aristotelian to Galilean descriptions of motion.

This stance is displayed first of all fraasssen a searing, recurrent critique of metaphysics, and second in a focus on experience that requires a voluntarist view of belief and opinion. What is empiricism and what could it be?


Prices are subject to change without notice. The problem is that we would like to say that it was rational for the pre-revolutionaries to have become post-revolutionaries, even though doing so meant adopting a view they found absurd. What is empiricism and what could it be? Secularism is usually associated with the change from hope for post-mortem happiness to hope for a better human future here below, and thus with a shift of attention from religion and science to politics—a shift from trying to understand the world to trying to empieical it.

Instead, he turns from Sartre to Feyerabend. Just as the language of the Catholic tradition was rich in possibilities exploited by Luther and Calvin, so the language of Aristotle provided resources developed by Galileo.

The Recurring RealistAntirealist Break. The latter is preferable, for the former seduces empiricsl into metaphysics. Bohm Versus the Copenhagen School. Science in the Wildest Sense? Emotion may be required to get us over the hump—to make the absurd seem plausible. What Separates Empiricists from Metaphysicians? Is Genuine Novelty Possible? Van Fraassen,The Empirical Stance.

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Are there any, except those assumed by religious people whose faith has not yet been de-mythologized in the manner of Bultmann? Van Fraassen, however, fraassn not explicitly pursue this task. By using the comment function on degruyter. They can instead think of them as having been imprecise.

A lot of people have made that shift without adopting any such view, and indeed without ever having pondered any epistemological fraasden. But in its other role it devalues any aspect of orthodoxy that can be identified as interpretive.


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Selected pages Title Page. Replies to Discussion on the Empirical Stance. References to this book Representing Electrons: The Terry Lectures Series.

As philosophers, we can have stances, but not beliefs. Green, Sellars, and Feyerabend were right to insist that experience without a descriptive vocabulary is blind, and thus incapable of providing a criterion for choice among alternative conceptual repertoires.


The Empirical Stance E,pirical C. Materialism and empiricism are both stances, but the former attends to the content, and the latter to the procedures, of science.

This something is, as Sartre suggested, emotion. A History of the Name Empiricism. That emotions play an indispensable role in conceptual revolutions does not mean, however, that such revolutions should be viewed as irrational.

Alan Richardson – – Synthese 1: Like metaphysics, this kind of epistemology tries to see around all future corners by delimiting the possibilities open to future inquiry. Sign in to use this feature. Craassen empiricist tradition is not and could not be defined by common doctrines, tsance embodies a certain stance in philosophy, van Fraassen says.

Quasi-Truth, Paraconsistency, and the Foundations of Science. A respectful treatment of one another is important to us. Contents Against Analytic Metaphysics.