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Empiricism: a branch within epistemology which assumes that sensory perception is fundamental for setting up claims and theories. The opposite position, rationalism, assumes that even purely logical knowledge and conclusions from this knowledge may be sufficient for the building of theories. See also logical positivism, instrumentalism, rationalism, epistemology, theories, foundation, experiments, > inferentialism, knowledge, experience, science.
 
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Fraassen, Bas
 
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Empiricism I 12
constructive empiricism / Fraassen: goal: empirically adequate theories - accepting: requires only empirical adequacy (correct description of the phenomena), not truth - Fraassen per - the phenomena must fit into at least one model -

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B. van Fraassen
The Scientific Image Oxford 1980


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