Philosophical Studies 74 (2):143 - 178 (1994)

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Gideon Rosen
Princeton University
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Van Fraassen defines constructive empiricism as the view that science aims to produce empirically adequate theories. But this account has been misunderstood. Constructive empiricism in not, as it seems, a description of the intentional features of scientific practice, nor is it a normative prescription for their revision. It is rather a fiction about the practice of science that van Fraassen displays in the interests of a broader empiricism. The paper concludes with a series of arguments designed to show that constructive empiricism so understood is self-undermining
Keywords Philosophy of Science   Realism   Empiricism
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DOI 10.1007/BF00989801
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