Friday, January 13, 2017
Bas van Fraassen
, San Francisco State University
3:30 pm, 817R CL
Abstract: The debate over theoretically postulated entities began more than half a century ago (famously, Hempel 1958). Although ostensibly about questions of ontology, that debate shifted to topics in epistemology, which became ever more contentious, and remain so still. I shall argue that traditional assumptions bedeviled this debate, and that disentangling the relations between confirmation and evidential support places scientific practice in a different light.