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PHI30- vF_study_guide - van Fraassen Study Guide 1. Where...

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van Fraassen Study Guide 1. Where and when was van Fraassen born? Where did he receive his PhD from? What's his most famous book called? When was it published? Fraassen was born in 1941 in the Netherlands. He received his PH.D from the University of Pittsburg. His most famous book is the Scientific Image and it was published in 1980. 2. What are the two key components of Scientific Realism, according to van Fraassen? According to van Fraassen, the two key components of Scientific Realism are 1.) Science aims to give us, in its theories, a literally true story of what the world is like 2.) To accept scientific realism is to believe scientific realism is true. Or accept = true (to accept it as true) 3. List two versions of Anti-Realism. Why are they versions of Anti-Realism? 1.) Positivist Empiricism - this version was part of the Vienna circle and what popper believes in. this view was based on logic, language, and mathematical. Dismissed a lot of traditional philosophy as meaningless. 2.) Constructive Empiricism - the aim of science is the true story of the observable world and to accept true for observable and neutral for unobservable. 4. Explain one of the arguments for Scientific Realism. Why doesn't van Fraassen find it convincing? 1.) Best explanation (form of induction)- ex. Nicole smith’s son -Realists have best explanations -best way to explain -to explain the behaviors of the unobservable -electrons are observable, observe electron -explaining observable for claiming something unobservable -VF, we don’t have to think they are unobservable; we have to just pretend they are there (think about irrational numbers. 2.) Avoid unbelievable coincidence
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PHI30- vF_study_guide - van Fraassen Study Guide 1. Where...

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