Bas van Frassen

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  • Born

    Born Goes, Netherlands
  • Received B.A. drom University of Alberta

  • Promulgated the Constructuve Empiricism in his book The Scientific Image

    Promulgated the Constructuve Empiricism in his book The Scientific Image
    "Science aims to give us theories which are empirically adequate; and acceptance of a theory involves as belief only that it is empirically adequate." (1980, 12) In other words, what you see is what you get. Scientific theories are excepted as theories as long as it involves observables. Non-observables be damned.
  • Scientific Reaslism versus Antirealism "I have no need of this hypothesis we agree there is not any need for another hypothesis to add to science in order to understand the natural world"

    Likens God as an unobservable, and atheists and believers as realists and antirealists (not in so many words.) When discussing atheists, he says that they believe they know god better than the believer based on seeing the aspects of what god is, and that it cannot exist in the true world, whereas the believers don't need to no more than what they do in order to believe.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-QUO_9LqMM
  • This man has done more in his lifetime then I can write about.

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    Received M.A. and Ph. D. from University of Pittsburgh

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    Taught at Yale, Univeristy of Southern California, Univiersity of Toronto, and Princeton

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    Teaches Philosophy of Scince at San Fransisco State University