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dc.contributor.authorBoucher, Sandyen
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-11T14:37:00Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationSynthese, 191(10), p. 2315-2332en
dc.identifier.issn1573-0964en
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dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18381-
dc.description.abstractSince van Fraassen first put forward the suggestive idea that many philosophical positions should be construed as 'stances' rather than factual beliefs, there have been various attempts to spell out precisely what a philosophical stance might be, and on what basis one should be adopted. In this paper I defend a particular account of stances, the view that they are pragmatically justified perspectives or ways of seeing the world, and compare it to some other accounts that have been offered. In Sect. 2 I consider van Fraassen's argument for construing empiricism as a stance, and look at some responses to it. In Sect. 3 I outline my conception of stances as perspectives or ways of seeing, and explain how stances so understood may be justified. I illustrate this conception by way of a discussion of the model pluralist position with respect to the units of selection debate in biology, and suggest that on the model pluralist view different perspectives on the units of selection, such as the gene's eye view, are in fact van Fraassian stances. In Sect. 4 I discuss the view put forward by Teller and Chakravartty among others that stances should be understood as epistemic policies, and argue that it is consistent with the conception of stances as perspectives. In the final section I criticise Rowbottom's attempt to assimilate stances to Kuhnian paradigms. I argue that he has overlooked some important disanalogies between stances and paradigms, so that the comparison obscures more than it reveals.en
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dc.publisherSpringer Netherlandsen
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dc.titleWhat is a philosophical stance? Paradigms, policies and perspectivesen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11229-014-0400-yen
dc.subject.keywordsHistory and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science)en
local.contributor.firstnameSandyen
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local.subject.seo2008970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studiesen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciencesen
local.profile.emailaboucher@une.edu.auen
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local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
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local.format.startpage2315en
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local.peerreviewedYesen
local.identifier.volume191en
local.identifier.issue10en
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local.title.maintitleWhat is a philosophical stance? Paradigms, policies and perspectivesen
local.output.categorydescriptionC1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journalen
local.search.authorBoucher, Sandyen
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local.subject.for2020500317 Philosophy of science (excl. history and philosophy of specific fields)en
local.subject.for2020500305 Epistemologyen
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local.codeupdate.date2022-02-09T12:05:18.745en
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local.original.seo2020280119 Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studiesen
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