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Drawing Parallels: Bas van Fraassen on Representation in Science and in the Arts

Drawing Parallels: Bas van Fraassen on Representation in Science and in the Arts

Petros Beimanavis, “Drawing Parallels: Bas van Fraassen on Representation in Science and in the Arts,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 75, no. 4 (2019): 2229–46,

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  • Drawing Parallels: Bas van Fraassen on Representation in Science and in the Arts

    Type Journal Article
    Author Petros Beimanavis
    Rights © 2019 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2019 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    Volume 75
    Issue 4
    Pages 2229-2246
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    ISSN 0870-5231
    Date 2019
    Language English
    Abstract This is an attempt to answer the following question in the affirmative: Is it possible to draw a parallel between science and art? To carry out this task successfully, Bas van Fraassen’s account on the subject is introduced and discussed. The prominent philosopher of science has frequently presented solid arguments that demonstrate points of proximity between these two fields of human activity. He stresses that science and art should both be considered as domains of representational nature. On this ground, he sets off to show that science, as is the case with art, bears a decisive pragmatic aspect, often depends on inaccuracy in order to achieve its aim, and manifests an openness to interpretational pluralism. Eventually, it becomes evident that van Fraassen tackles the issue of the science-art relation to reinforce his antirealist philosophical stance and undermine key concepts of scientific realism. Still, his effort to ‘save’ antirealism while making a major contribution to lift the prevalent notion that science and art are worlds apart is truly stimulating.
    Short Title RPF
    Date Added 1/28/2020, 4:32:44 PM
    Modified 1/28/2020, 5:25:46 PM


    • antirealism,
    • art,
    • Bas van Fraassen,
    • interpretation,
    • philosophy of science,
    • representation,
    • science


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