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Expanding the Empirical Realm: Constructive Empiricism and Augmented Observation

Dellsén, Finnur (2021) Expanding the Empirical Realm: Constructive Empiricism and Augmented Observation. [Preprint]

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Manifestationalism holds that science aims only to give us theories that are correct about what has been observed thus far. Several philosophers, including Bas van Fraassen, have argued that manifestationalism cannot make sense of the scientific impetus to make new observations, since such observations only risk turning manifestationally adequate theories into inadequate ones. This paper argues that a strikingly similar objection applies to van Fraassen’s own constructive empiricism, the view that science aims only to find theories that are empirically adequate. Roughly, the objection is that constructive empiricism cannot make sense of the scientific impetus to expand the limits of what can be observed, since such expansions only risk turning empirically adequate theories into inadequate ones.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dellsén, Finnurfinnurd@gmail.com0000-0003-4989-4204
Additional Information: To appear in M. Frauchiger (ed.), Themes from van Fraassen (Lauener Library of Analytical Philosophy)
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr. Finnur Dellsén
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2021 21:16
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2021 21:16
Item ID: 18686
Subjects: General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18686

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