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Quantum MechanicsAn Empiricist View$
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Bas C. van Fraassen

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198239802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198239807.001.0001

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What Is Science?

What Is Science?

(p.1) 1 What Is Science?
Quantum Mechanics

Bas C. van Fraassen

Oxford University Press

The controversy between scientific realism and empiricism can be set aside during the common task of interpreting the theories of modern science. But this book is written within the semantic approach to science, which identifies theories in terms of classes of models and their relation to the phenomena. While this provides the two main ingredients for any view of science, these do not determine but only constrain the interpretation of those theories (‘science as open text’, admitting a plurality of interpretations).

Keywords:   empiricism, interpretation, model, scientific realism, theory

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