Between History and Method

Between History and Method : Disputes about the Rationality of Science

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In this book I have tried to develop further the ideas expressed in my previous work, Between Experience and Metaphysics, which was published in the same series in 1975. Several years have passed since the original Polish edition (and then 1 the Italian translation) of this book appeared. The fact that the principal ideas expressed in it have withstood, as I see it, the brunt of criticism, has led me to remain basically with the original text. Two main changes have, however, been introduced. First, I have added an Appendix containing the original version of a paper I presented at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in June 1988 and a short postscript to that paper referring to comments made during two dis- cussions at the Kolleg. Let me briefly explain the reason for this addition. In recent years the landscape for historical and philosophical in- terpretation of the evolution of scientific knowledge has altered. The strongest of the new contenders for epistemological recognition are social constructivists, who analyze in detail how knowledge is produced within specific social settings, including the instruments and procedures of par- ticular laboratories and the economic and political realities of particular scientific communities. The local character of these studies raises the question of whether they can ever provide generalizable epistemological claims.
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  • Hardback | 227 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 17.8mm | 476.28g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1992 ed.
  • XI, 227 p.
  • 0792319419
  • 9780792319412

Table of contents

Preface to the English Edition. Preface to the Polish Edition. Introduction. I. The Development of Knowledge and the Ideals of Science. II. Ideals of Science and Rules of Explanation. III. The Modern Ideal of Science. IV. The Institutionalization and Professionalization of Scientific Research. V. The Sources of the Crisis of the Modern Ideal of Science. VI. Escape to World Three. VII. Are There Selection Criteria? VIII. Order and Anarchy. Appendix: Philosophy of Science and Sociology of Knowledge. Notes and References. Bibliography. Index of Names.
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