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Bas C. van Fraassen

BAS C. VAN FRAASSEN
1999

The Empirical Stance

Bas C. van Fraassen joined Princeton University’s Department of Philosophy in 1982. His interests include philosophy of science (especially subjects related to probability theory and to the foundations of physics), philosophical logic, and empiricism. He is the author of An Introduction to the Philosophy of Time and Space (1970), Formal Semantics and Logic (1971), The Scientific Image (1980), Laws and Symmetry (1989), and Quantum Mechanics: An Empiricist View (1991).

Born in Goes, the Netherlands, in 1941, Professor van Fraassen immigrated with his family to Canada in 1956. He attended the University of Alberta (B.A.(Hon.), Philosophy, 1963), and the University of Pittsburgh (M.A. 1964; PH.D., Philosophy, 1966). He has taught at Yale University, the University of Toronto, the University of Southern California, and Princeton University. He is editor of the Journal of Philosophical Logic and co-editor of the Journal of Symbolic Logic. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

LECTURE SCHEDULE

The Empirical Stance
October 19, 1999 Against Analytic Metaphysics Audio Stream
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(part 2)
October 21, 1999 Empiricism as Will and Idea Audio Stream
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(part 2)
October 26, 1999 Scientific Revolution/Conversion as a Philosophical Problem Audio Stream
(part 1)

(part 2)
October 28, 1999 What is Science—and What Is It To Be Secular? Audio Stream
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(part 2)

van Fraassen's book, The Empirical Stance, published from the lecture is available at Yale University Press.