Article ID: CBB000741368

The History of Science as European Self-Portraiture (2006)


Since the Enlightenment, the history of science has been enlisted to show the unity and distinctiveness of Europe. This paper, written on the occasion of the award of the 2005 Erasmus Prize to historians of science Simon Schaffer and Steven Shapin, traces the intertwined narratives of the history of science and European modernity from the 18th century to the present. Whether understood as triumph or tragedy (and there have been eloquent proponents of both views), the Scientific Revolution has been portrayed as Europe's decisive break with tradition -- the first such break in world history and the model for all subsequent epics of modernization in other cultures. The paper concludes with reflections on how a new history of science, exemplified in the work of Shapin and Schaffer, may transform the self-image of Europe and conceptions of truth itself.


Description “Traces the intertwined narratives of the history of science and European modernity from the 18th century to the present.” (from the abstract)

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Authors & Contributors
Pyenson, Lewis R.
Verbruggen, Christophe
Debru, Claude
Gavroglu, Kostas
Micale, Mark S.
McEvoy, John G.
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Physics in Perspective
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
History of Science
Stanford University Press
University of Washington Press
Franco Angeli
History of science, as a discipline
Revolutions in science
Science and art
Sarton, George
La Fontaine, Henri
Otlet, Paul
Bosmans, Henri
Williamson, Joseph (1828-1902)
Wilson, Thomas
United States
Great Britain
19th century
17th century
16th century
Early modern
20th century
20th century, early
History of Science Society

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