Authors
Abstract
James Ladyman has argued that constructive empiricism entails modal realism, and that this renders constructive empiricism untenable. We maintain that constructive empiricism is compatible with modal nominalism. Although the central term 'observable' has been analyzed in terms of counterfactuals, and in general counterfactuals do not have objective truth conditions, the property of being observable is not a modal property, and hence there are objective, non-modal facts about what is observable. Both modal nominalism and constructive empiricism require clarification in the face of Ladyman's argument. But we also argue that, even if Ladyman were right that constructive empiricism entails modal realism, this would not be a problem for constructive empiricism.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/bjps/54.3.405
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 63,339
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Laws and Symmetry.Bas C. van Fraassen - 1989 - Oxford University Press.
The Scientific Image.William Demopoulos & Bas C. van Fraassen - 1982 - Philosophical Review 91 (4):603.
The Scientific Image.Michael Friedman - 1982 - Journal of Philosophy 79 (5):274-283.
The Empirical Stance.Bas C. van Fraassen - 2002 - Yale University Press.
The Empirical Stance.Bas C. Van Fraassen - 2002 - Yale University Press.

View all 19 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Withering Away, Weakly.F. A. Muller - 2011 - Synthese 180 (2):223 - 233.
The Empirical Stance Vs. The Critical Attitude.Darrell Patrick Rowbottom - 2005 - South African Journal of Philosophy 24 (3):200-223.

View all 26 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Constructive Empiricism and Modal Metaphysics: A Reply to Monton and Van Fraassen.James Ladyman - 2004 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 55 (4):755-765.
Contra Ladyman: What Really is Right with Constructive Empiricism.Joseph F. Hanna - 2004 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 55 (4):767-777.
On Rejecting Foss's Image of Van Fraassen.Warren Bourgeois - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (2):303-308.
Empirical Adequacy in the Received View.Sebastian Lutz - 2014 - Philosophy of Science 81 (5):1171-1183.
Constructive Empiricism and the Vices of Voluntarism.Paul Dicken - 2009 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 17 (2):189 – 201.
Constructive Empiricism and Anti-Realism.Sam Mitchell - 1988 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:174 - 180.
Constructive Empiricism and Deflationary Truth.Jamin Asay - 2009 - Philosophy of Science 76 (4):423-443.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
311 ( #29,426 of 2,448,737 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #224,186 of 2,448,737 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes