Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 35 (1):173-184 (2004)
|Abstract||In The Empirical Stance, Bas van Fraassen argues for a reconceptualization\nof empiricism, and a rejection of its traditional rival, speculative\nmetaphysics, as part of a larger and provocative study in epistemology.\nCentral to his account is the notion of voluntarism in epistemology,\nand a concomitant understanding of the nature of rationality. In\nthis paper I give a critical assessment of these ideas, with the\nultimate goal of clarifying the nature of debate between metaphysicians\nand empiricists, and more specifically, between scientific realists\nand empiricist antirealists. (edited)|
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