Synthese Library

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

Editors: Gonzalez, Wenceslao J. (Ed.)

  • 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
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7838-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7837-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0203-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
About this book

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.

Reviews

“This book is a valuable contribution both to the understanding of van Fraassen’s philosophy and to the present state of the philosophy of science in general. It covers the most relevant issues of these aspects of the philosophical panorama and discusses them with particular clarity and insight. So its reading and study … is highly advisable for scholars interested in current approaches in the philosophy of science.” (José F. Martínez-Solano, Journal for General Philosophy of Science, Vol. 47 (1), April, 2016)

“A useful overview of van Fraassen’s work focusing on models and representation. … this book is not a mere compilation of contributions making exegesis of an author, but a philosophical contribution in itself. … It deserves the attention of philosophers of science, not just of those interested in van Fraassen’s work.” (Xavier de Donato Rodríguez, Theoria, Vol. 30 (3), 2015)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • On Representation and Models in Bas van Fraassen’s Approach

    Gonzalez, Wenceslao J.

    Pages 3-37

  • Scientific Activity as an Interpretative Practice. Empiricism, Constructivism and Pragmatism

    Perdomo, Inmaculada

    Pages 39-61

  • Models and Phenomena: Bas van Fraassen’s Empiricist Structuralism

    Iranzo, Valeriano

    Pages 63-76

  • The Criterion of Empirical Grounding in the Sciences

    Fraassen, Bas C.

    Pages 79-100

  • On Representing Evidence

    Galavotti, Maria Carla

    Pages 101-118

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7838-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7837-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0203-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bas van Fraassen’s Approach to Representation and Models in Science
Editors
  • Wenceslao J. Gonzalez
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
368
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7838-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7838-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7837-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0203-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 233
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
Topics