Deconstructing van Fraassen's observable/unobservable dichotomy

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Mario, Bacelar Valente
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Van Fraassen bases his alternative to scientific realism, constructive empiricism, on a dichotomy between the observable and the unobservable. This paper argues that the implications of the dichotomy regarding microscopy can not be made to stand, and that the dichotomy might even be unnecessary to set forward the epistemic attitudes of constructive empiricism.