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Images of EmpiricismEssays on Science and Stances, with a Reply from Bas C. van Fraassen$
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Bradley Monton

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218844

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218844.001.0001

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Taking an Empirical Stance

Taking an Empirical Stance

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(p.167) 9 Taking an Empirical Stance
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Images of Empiricism
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Ernan McMullin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218844.003.0009

This chapter begins by considering the role of emotion in scientific revolutions. It argues that one can undergo a scientific revolution without ever facing an existentialist moment where emotion is essentially involved. It then takes up van Fraassen's discussion of religion from the final chapter of The Empirical Stance. It proposes that such a discussion of emotion in conceptual shifts is relevant to van Fraassen's ideas about encountering God.

Keywords:   emotion, scientific revolutions, Bas van Fraassen, This Empirical Stance, religion

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