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What’s Wrong With Aim-Oriented Empiricism?

Maxwell, Nicholas (2015) What’s Wrong With Aim-Oriented Empiricism? Acta Baltica Historiae et Philosophiae Scientiarum, 3 (2). pp. 5-31. ISSN 2228-2009

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For four decades it has been argued that we need to adopt a new conception of science called aim-oriented empiricism. This has far-reaching implications and repercussions for science, the philosophy of science, academic inquiry in general, the conception of rationality, and how we go about attempting to make progress towards as good a world as possible. Despite these far-reaching repercussions, aim-oriented empiricism has so far received scant attention from philosophers of science. Here, sixteen objections to the validity of the argument for aim-oriented empiricism are subjected to critical scrutiny.


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Maxwell, Nicholasnicholas.maxwell@ucl.ac.uk
Keywords: Empiricism, metaphysics of physics, scientific method, theoretical unity, philosophy of physics, rationality
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Nicholas Maxwell
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2017 16:16
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2017 16:16
Item ID: 12858
Journal or Publication Title: Acta Baltica Historiae et Philosophiae Scientiarum
Official URL: http://www.bahps.org/acta-baltica
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 2015
Page Range: pp. 5-31
Volume: 3
Number: 2
ISSN: 2228-2009
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12858

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