Empiricism

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Abstract

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
Pages96-107
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351362917
ISBN (Print)9781138888852
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Bueno, O. (2017). Empiricism. In The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism (pp. 96-107). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203712498