van Fraassen Summary

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van Fraassen Summary In his excerpt “Arguments Concerning Scientific Realism”, van Fraassen examines and criticizes the main arguments that have been offered for scientific realism. His work is divided into several sections and sub-sections, each of which deals with either a different aspect of scientific realism or describes a different view called constructive empiricism of which he claims to be an advocate. He also often cites arguments and articles from other authors in the field, discussing both the strengths and the weaknesses of his colleagues. In this essay a summary will be given of van Fraassen’s work followed by a brief critical reaction to it. In his introductory section, van Fraassen is essentially making a series of statements and clarifications that will facilitate the reader’s understanding of the subsequent sections where criticisms are presented. He gives a statement of the position of scientific realism and what it entails, as well as the current proposed alternatives to realism, and a brief statement of his
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