David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Nursing Philosophy 12 (1):53-66 (2011)
The fictionalist paradigm is introduced, and differentiated from other paradigms, using the Lincoln & Guba template. Following an initial overview, the axioms of fictionalism are delineated by reference to standard metaphysical categories: the nature of reality, the relationship between knower and known, the possibility of generalization, the possibility of causal linkages, and the role of values in inquiry. Although a paradigm's ‘basic beliefs’ are arbitrary and can be assumed for any reason, in this paper the fictionalist axioms are supported with philosophical considerations, and the key differences between fictionalism, positivism, and constructivism are briefly explained. Paradigm characteristics are then derived, focusing particularly on the methodological consequences. Towards the end of the paper, various objections and misunderstandings are discussed
|Keywords||positivism fiction constructivism paradigm methodology|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Robert Axelrod (1984). The Evolution of Cooperation. Basic Books.
Jerome Barkow, Leda Cosmides & John Tooby (eds.) (1992). The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture. Oxford University Press.
Ray Brassier (2007/2009). Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction. Palgrave Macmillan.
Peter Carruthers (2006). The Architecture of the Mind: Massive Modularity and the Flexibility of Thought. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Patricia S. Churchland (1986). Neurophilosophy: Toward A Unified Science of the Mind-Brain. MIT Press.
Citations of this work BETA
Austyn Snowden & John Atkinson (2012). Concurrent Analysis: A Pragmatic Justification. Nursing Philosophy 13 (2):126-141.
Similar books and articles
Richard Woodward (2012). A Yablovian Dilemma. Thought 1 (3):200-209.
Richard Woodward (2012). Fictionalism and Incompleteness. Noûs 46 (4):781-790.
John D. Sinks (1972). Fictionalism and the Elimination of Theoretical Terms. Philosophy of Science 39 (3):285-290.
Richard Woodward (2008). Why Modal Fictionalism is Not Self-Defeating. Philosophical Studies 139 (2):273 - 288.
John Divers (1999). A Modal Fictionalist Result. Noûs 33 (3):317-346.
John Gray (1989). Western Marxism: A Fictionalist Deconstruction. Philosophy 64 (249):403 - 408.
Josh Dever (2003). Modal Fictionalism and Compositionality. Philosophical Studies 114 (3):223 - 251.
John Divers & Jason Hagen (2006). The Modal Fictionalist Predicament. In Fraser MacBride (ed.), Identity and Modality. Oxford University Press. 57.
Chris John Daly (2008). Fictionalism and the Attitudes. Philosophical Studies 139 (3):423 - 440.
Graham Oddie & Dan Demetriou (2007). The Fictionalist's Attitude Problem. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (5):485 - 498.
Dimitria Electra Gatzia (2007). Fictional Colors. Sorites (21).
Laurence D. Houlgate (1962). The Paradigm‐Case Argument and 'Possible Doubt'1. Inquiry 5 (1-4):318-324.
Jay Newman (1981). The Fictionalist Analysis of Some Moral Concepts. Metaphilosophy 12 (1):47–56.
Added to index2011-01-10
Total downloads12 ( #146,821 of 1,679,369 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #182,933 of 1,679,369 )
How can I increase my downloads?