On historicizing epistemology : an essay by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

By Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Epistemology, as regularly understood by means of philosophers of technology, is very distant from the background of technological know-how and from old matters commonly. Rheinberger exhibits that, from the overdue 19th during the overdue 20th century, a parallel, substitute discourse sought to come back to phrases with the fairly basic event of the thoroughgoing medical adjustments because of the revolution in physics. Philosophers of technological know-how and historians of technology alike contributed their proportion to what this essay describes as an ongoing quest to historicize epistemology. historic epistemology, during this feel, isn't really so eager about the understanding topic and its psychological capacities. relatively, it envisages technology as an ongoing cultural recreation and attempts to evaluate the stipulations lower than which the sciences in all their range take form and alter over time.

Show description

Read or Download On historicizing epistemology : an essay PDF

Best epistemology books

Internalism and Epistemology

Internalism and Epistemology is a strong articulation and protection of a classical solution to a permanent query: what's the nature of rational trust? against winning philosophical style, the publication argues that epistemic externalism leads, not only to skepticism, yet to epistemic nihilism - the denial of the very chance of justification.

Perception (Central Problems of Philosophy)

The philosophical concerns raised via notion make it one of many crucial issues within the philosophical culture. Debate in regards to the nature of perceptual wisdom and the items of conception contains a thread that runs in the course of the historical past of philosophy. In a few ancient sessions the foremost concerns were predominantly epistemological and relating to scepticism, yet an enough figuring out of conception is necessary extra largely, specially for metaphysics and the philosophy of brain.

Franz Brentano’s Analysis of Truth

Franz Brentano 1 was once a massive thinker, yet for a very long time his value was once under-estimated. a minimum of within the English talking international locations, he got here to be remembered top because the initiator of a philoso­ phical place which he in truth deserted for reliable and adequate 2 purposes. His final and most crucial contributions handed virtually neglected.

After Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method

A few imagine that matters to do with medical process are final century's stale debate; Popper used to be an suggest of technique, yet Kuhn, Feyerabend, and others are speculated to have introduced the controversy approximately its prestige to an finish. The papers during this quantity convey that matters in technique are nonetheless a great deal alive.

Extra resources for On historicizing epistemology : an essay

Example text

If critique and clarification succeeded in the idealizations of geometry, he argued, then this should also be considered achievable in other sciences. ”20 For Husserl—as later also for Jacques Derrida, who translated and commented on this text of Husserl’s—the development of forms of written fixation played a key role in this process of tradition. ”21 We have seen how this collective dimension of the production of knowledge, considered both synchronically and diachronically, took for Bachelard the form of an instrumental embodiment, at least as far as the physical sciences were concerned.

18 The difficulty here is brought to a head: “The scientist is not aware of the fact that the constant foundation of his subjective mental work is the lived environment, which is constantly presupposed as the ground, the field of work, on which his questions and his method of thinking alone have any meaning. ” If critique and clarification succeeded in the idealizations of geometry, he argued, then this should also be considered achievable in other sciences. ”20 For Husserl—as later also for Jacques Derrida, who translated and commented on this text of Husserl’s—the development of forms of written fixation played a key role in this process of tradition.

In contrast to many of his contemporaries, who complained about the process of fragmentation of the sciences into ever more specialized disciplines, and misguidedly aimed at a comprehensive scientific formation, Bachelard emphasized the productive aspect of the process. The islands of scientific rationality are not disciplines with hard and fast borders, but rather little patterns, cantons, or regions that may suddenly arise on the basis of an instrument or experiment, but whose margins are fluid and can disappear or merge together with other unities.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.58 of 5 – based on 46 votes