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Bastiaan Cornelis van Fraassen (born Goes, the Netherlands, 5 April 1941) is a member of the Princeton University Philosophy department, currently entering phased retirement. He previously taught at the Yale University, The University of Southern California (USC), and the University of Toronto. He coined the term constructive empiricism in his 1980 book The Scientific Image. Van Fraassen earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Princeton University is a coeducational private university located in Princeton, New Jersey in the United States of America. ... Socrates (central bare-chested figure) about to drink hemlock as mandated by the court. ... Yale redirects here. ... The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly as Southern Cal[1]), located in the University Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, USA, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ... The University of Toronto (U of T) is a coeducational public research university in Toronto, Ontario. ... Constructive empiricism, in philosophy, is a form of empiricism. ...


A philosopher of science, Van Fraassen's 1989 book Laws and Symmetry attempted to lay the ground-work for explaining physical phenomena without using the assumption that such phenomena are caused by rules or laws which can be said to cause or govern their behavior. Van Fraassen has also done work on the philosophy of quantum mechanics, philosophical logic, and epistemology. Philosophy of science studies the philosophical assumptions, foundations, and implications of science, including the formal sciences, natural sciences, and social sciences. ... A phenomenon (plural: phenomena) is an observable event, especially something special (literally something that can be seen from the Greek word phainomenon = observable). ...


Paul M. Churchland is a vocal critic of Van Fraassen, who in his essay "The Anti-Realist Epistemology of Bas Van Fraassen's The Scientific Image ", contrasted Van Fraassen's idea of unobservable phenomena with the idea of merely unobserved phenomena, among other theories. Paul Churchland (born 1942) is a philosopher working at the University of California, San Diego. ... In philosophy, the term anti-realism is used to describe any position involving either the denial of the objective reality of entities of a certain type or the insistence that we should be agnostic about their real existence. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Van Fraassen is also known for his pioneering work in philosophical logic. Philosophical logic is the study of the more specifically philosophical aspects of logic. ...


He is the laureate of the 1986 Lakatos Award for his contributions to the philosophy of science. The Lakatos Award is given annually for a widely interpreted outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. ...


External links

  • His site at Princeton.

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Bas C. van Fraassen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (240 words)
Bas C. van Fraassen (born 1941) is a member of the Princeton University Philosophy department, currently entering phased retirement.
A philosopher of science, Van Fraassen's 1989 book Laws and Symmetry attempted to lay the ground-work for explaining physical phenomena without using the assumption that such phenomena are caused by rules or laws which can be said to cause or govern their behavior.
Van Fraassen is also known for his pioneering work in philosophical logic.
Bas C. Van Fraassen - The Empirical Stance - Reviewed by Richard Rorty, Stanford University - Philosophical Reviews - ... (2026 words)
Presumably van Fraassen would say that the emotions which were indispensable to effecting conversion from Catholicism to Protestantism were of the same sort as those that facilitated the switch from Aristotelian to Galilean descriptions of motion.
Van Fraassen neatly sums up the moral of this part of the book when he says that “the rule of Sola Scriptura or Sola Experientia is at war with itself.
Van Fraassen defines “objectifying inquiry” in terms of five criteria: delimitation of a domain, independence of results from the work of any particular inquirer, agreement on what is relevant, observation of the relevant entities under the relevant descriptions in both natural and experimental situations, and constructing theoretical models.
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