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Reflections on the Philosophy of Science beyond Realism and Constructivism

Henning Høgh Laursen
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This article is an attempt to sketch the outline of a philosophy of science which avoids the traditional battle zone between realism and constructivism by drawing attention to parallels between modern debates in philosophy of science and themes from classical history of philosophy. I argue that the main problem with these theories is, that they at best can only offer us a metaphorical image of a world which has been made known to us in e.g. science. They can not tell us anything substantial about how we obtain new knowledge about the world. By focusing on a dynamic view on the things in the world notably in the scientific experiment, we might get a more fruitful approach to the multiple ways in which we interact with the world and thus avoid some of the traditional dichotomies of philosophy of science, for instance between nature and society and between things and signs.

Published Online: 2010-03-19
Published in Print: 2002-May

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