Integrating History and Philosophy of Science: Problems and by Seymour Mauskopf, Tad Schmaltz

By Seymour Mauskopf, Tad Schmaltz

Though the book of Kuhn's constitution of clinical Revolutions appeared to bring in the appearance of a unified research of the historical past and philosophy of technological know-how, it's a not easy incontrovertible fact that background of technology and philosophy of technology have more and more grown aside. lately, notwithstanding, there was a sequence of workshops on each side of the Atlantic (called '&HPS') meant to carry historians and philosophers of technology jointly to debate new integrative techniques. this can be consequently an extremely acceptable time to discover the issues with and clients for integrating background and philosophy of technology. the unique essays during this quantity, all from experts within the heritage of technological know-how or philosophy of technology, supply such an exploration from a large choice of views. the amount combines common reflections at the present country of background and philosophy of technology with stories of the relation among the 2 disciplines in particular old and clinical cases.

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20 Paradigms were envisioned as exemplary problem solutions, models for ways of looking at the world that did not contain specific instructions for how they should be applied. This made them consistent with Wittgenstein’s understanding of language, in which words do not have their meanings inherent within them. ” To the Edinburgh school, it was Kuhn’s notion of normal science that seemed to be the revolutionary feature of his work, rather than the theory of revolutions as such. Normal science was thought to be governed by models of practice in which theoretical concepts, methods, techniques, and so on, were implicit but not fully explicated.

18 Hollinger (1995). See also Dennis (2003), who points out that Henry Guerlac at Cornell represented an alternative approach, open to consideration of external influences on scientific development and anticipating some of what followed after Kuhn. 2 Thomas Kuhn and Interdisciplinary Conversation: Why Historians and. . 21 prevailing social conditions. To Gillipsie, Needham’s Marxist sympathies had led him to “an abject betrayal of the autonomy of science, and a surrender of the measure of independence which it has won for scholarship and thought” (Gillispie 1957, 176).

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