Constructive Empiricism and Scientific Practice. A Case Study

Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 17 (2):335-357 (2002)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

According to van Fraassen, constructive empiricism (CE) makes better sense of scientific activity than scientific realism (SR). I discuss a recent episode in biomedical research - investigations about Helicobacter Pylori and its relation to peptic ulcer. CE's expedient to cope with it is a sort of belief substitution. I argue that replacing realist beliefs by empiricist surrogates (as-if beliefs) could accommodate scientists' expectations and behavior. Nonetheless, theoretical agnosticism could hardly motivate scientists to focus just on the observational consequences derived from the theory at issue. Contrary to van Fraassen, I conclude then that, concerning scientific practice, realist beliefs cannot be considered as a gratuitious surplus which should be rejected.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,386

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

What is constructive empiricism?Gideon Rosen - 1994 - Philosophical Studies 74 (2):143 - 178.
Truth in Constructive Empiricism.Jamin Asay - 2007 - Dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Constructive Empiricism and Anti-Realism.Sam Mitchell - 1988 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:174 - 180.
Gideon Rosen on constructive empiricism.Bas C. Fraassen - 1994 - Philosophical Studies 74 (2):179 - 192.
Constructive Empiricism and Deflationary Truth.Jamin Asay - 2009 - Philosophy of Science 76 (4):423-443.
Constructive Empiricism: Normative or Descriptive?Moti Mizrahi - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 22 (4):604-616.
Saving Unobservable Phenomena.Michela Massimi - 2007 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 58 (2):235-262.
Constructive Empiricism and Scientific Practice: a case Study.Valeriano Iranzo García - 2002 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 17 (2):335-357.
Aimless science.Darrell Patrick Rowbottom - 2014 - Synthese 191 (6):1211-1221.

Analytics

Added to PP
2012-03-18

Downloads
169 (#111,237)

6 months
3 (#992,474)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Valeriano Iranzo
Universitat de Valencia

Citations of this work

Constructive Empiricism: Normative or Descriptive?Moti Mizrahi - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 22 (4):604-616.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references