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Journal for General Philosophy of Science 40 (1):103-114 (2009)
|Abstract||For over 30 years I have argued that we need to construe science as accepting a metaphysical proposition concerning the comprehensibility of the universe. In a recent paper, Fred Muller criticizes this argument, and its implication that Bas van Fraassen’s constructive empiricism is untenable. In the present paper I argue that Muller’s criticisms are not valid. The issue is of some importance, for my argument that science accepts a metaphysical proposition is the first step in a broader argument intended to demonstrate that we need to bring about a revolution in science, and ultimately in academic inquiry as a whole so that the basic aim becomes wisdom and not just knowledge.|
|Keywords||Standard empiricism Constructive empiricism Aim-oriented empiricism Metaphysics ad hoc theories Scientific realism F. A. Muller B. C. van Fraassen|
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