Otavio Bueno

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Two major problems have challenged empiricist views in the philosophy of science from Carnap through Quine to van Fraassen: the problem of finding a principled way of distinguishing observable and unobservable entities and of explaining what is epistemically special about observation. In this chapter, I argue that, by articulating four key features of observation, it’s possible to (i) provide a distinction between the observable and the unobservable, (ii) explain what is special about observation, while (iii) avoiding the familiar charges that previous attempts at drawing the observable/unobservable distinction have faced. This offers a novel way to approach an empiricist account of observation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351362917
ISBN (Print)9781138888852
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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