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Bas van Fraassen’s Approach to Representation and Models in Science

Series: Synthese Library, Vol. 368

Gonzalez, Wenceslao J. (Ed.)

2014, XIII, 233 p. 3 illus.

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  • Analyzes the work of an important thinker in contemporary philosophy, very influential in recent decades
  • Contributes with new solutions to the topic of representations and models in science
  • Includes two new papers by van Fraassen

This book analyzes Bas van Fraassen’s characterization of representation and models in science. In this regard, it presents the philosophical coordinates of his approach and pays attention to his structural empiricism as a framework for his views on scientific representations and models. These are developed here through two new contributions made by van Fraassen. In addition, there are analyses of the relation between models and reality in his approach, where the complexity of this conception is considered in detail. Furthermore, there is an examination of scientific explanation and epistemic values judgments. This volume includes a wealth of bibliographical information on his philosophy and relevant philosophical issues.

Bas van Fraassen is a key figure in contemporary philosophy of science, as the prestigious Hempel Award shows. His views on scientific representation offer new ideas on how it should be characterized, and his conception of models shows a novelty that goes beyond other empiricists’ approaches of recent times. Both aspects — the characterization of scientific representation and the conception of models in science — are part of a deliberate attempt to forge a “structural empiricism,” an alternative to structural realism based on an elaborated version of empiricism.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Bas van Fraassen’s Structural Empiricism - Constructivist Empiricism and Scientific Realism - Empirical Grounding in the Sciences - Empiricism, Constructivism and Pragmatism - Philosophical Context of Representation and Models in Science - Scientific Models and Reality - Theory, Model and Measurement - Values in Science and Epistemic Choices - Van Fraassen’s Scientific Representation and Models

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Information Systems and Applications - Philosophy

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