chapter  5
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SOME FURTHER SUGGESTIONS Van Fraassen and the status of unobservable entities

In 1980, Bas van Fraassen’s The Scientific Image startled philosophers of science by returning respectability to much of the logical positivists’ picture of science. Although van Fraassen distanced himself from certain elements of that picture, the book is an attack on realism about theoretical (or unobservable) entities in science and a defence of one of the most vigorous empiricisms we shall have the opportunity to examine-‘constructive empiricism’.