Van Fraassen’s Constructive Empiricism and the Concept of Probability

  • G. Roussopoulos
Conference paper
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 24)


This paper contrasts van Fraassen’s conception of probability and his general philosophy of science to realism.Van Fraassen provides his antirealistic philosophy of science with a modal frequency interpretation of probability.The objective of the present paper then is to show that the modal frequency interpretation of probability can well be embedded within the realist framework of science:we could still hold on to the view that a realism about entities is a viable option for a philosophy of science.This realism is grounded on our ability to causally interact with,or be causally affected by, the world.


Scientific Theory Scientific Realism Empirical Adequacy Theoretical Entity Constructive Empiricism 
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  • G. Roussopoulos
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