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Muller's Critique of the Argument for Aim-Oriented Empiricism

Maxwell, N; (2009) Muller's Critique of the Argument for Aim-Oriented Empiricism. Journal for General Philosophy of Science , 40 (1) 103 - 114. 10.1007/s10838-009-9081-5. Green open access

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Abstract

For over thirty years I have argued that we need to construe science as accepting a metaphysical proposition concerning the comprehensibility of the universe. In a recent paper, Fred Muller criticizes this argument, and its implication that Bas van Fraassen’s constructive empiricism is untenable. In the present paper I argue that Muller’s criticisms are not valid. The issue is of some importance, for my argument that science accepts a metaphysical proposition is the first step in a broader argument intended to demonstrate that we need to bring about a revolution in science, and ultimately in academic inquiry as a whole so that the basic aim becomes wisdom and not just knowledge.

Type: Article
Title: Muller's Critique of the Argument for Aim-Oriented Empiricism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10838-009-9081-5
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10838-009-9081-5
Language: English
Additional information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Keywords: Standard Empiricism, Constructive Empiricism, Aim-Oriented Empiricism, Metaphysics, ad hoc theories, Scientific Realism, F. A. Muller
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/105617
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