Constructive Empiricism and the Argument from Underdetermination.

TitleConstructive Empiricism and the Argument from Underdetermination.
Publication TypeBook Chapter (with title)
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsVan Dyck, M
Secondary AuthorsMonton, B
Book TitleImages of empiricism: Essays on science and stances, with a reply from Bas van Fraassen
PublisherOxford University Press

It is argued that, contrary to prevailing opinion, Bas van Fraassen nowhere uses the argument from underdetermination in his argument for constructive empiricism. It is explained that van Fraassen’s use of the notion of empirical equivalence in The Scientific Image has been widely misunderstood. A reconstruction of the main arguments for constructive empiricism is offered, showing how the passages that have been taken to be part of an appeal to the argument from underdetermination should actually be interpreted.

Citation KeyM:ConEmp
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