Quotation by Bas Van Fraassen

To develop an empiricist account of science is to depict it as involving a search for truth only about the empirical world, about what is actual and observable.... It must involve throughout a resolute rejection of the demand for an explanation of the regularities in the observable course of nature, by means of truths concerning a reality beyond what is actual and observable, as a demand which plays no role in the scientific enterprise.
Bas Van Fraassen (b. 1941), U.S. philosopher of science. The Scientific Image, p. 203 (1980).

The author's explanation of the nature of empiricist philosophy of science.
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