Article ID: CBB001211934

Between the Laboratory and the Museum: Claude Bernard and the Problem of Time (2013)


Schmidgen, Henning (Author)

History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Volume: 35, no. 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 33-38

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Part of a special section, “Historical and Biological Times: A Celebration of Identity,” a discussion of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger's life and work.
Language: English

This paper explores the relation between biological and historical time with respect to Claude Bernard's Lectures on the Phenomena of Life Common to Animals and Plants (1878). These lectures mirror Bernard's turn from the experimental physiology of animal organisms to a general physiology of elementary organisms, or cells, and discuss the problematic interrelation of science, life, and time. The paper argues that experimental life sciences in Bernard's sense are always also living sciences, i.e., sciences in dynamic development. The perspectives of this conception are discussed with reference to Hans-Jörg Rheinberger's historical studies concerning the materiality and semiotics of experimental systems.


Description Focus is on Claude Bernard's “Lectures on the Phenomena of Life Common to Animals and Plants” (1878).

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Article Santesmases, María Jesús; Suárez-Díaz, Edna; Barahona, Ana (2013) Historical and Biological Times: A Celebration of Identity. Introduction. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (pp. 9-12). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Schmidgen, Henning
Loison, Laurent
Keuller, Adriana T. A. Martins
Scholl, Raphael
Rheinberger, Hans-Joerg
Zavaglia, Adriana
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Journal of the History of Biology
Technikgeschichte: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Science in Context
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
UNICAMP, Centro de Lógica, Epistemologia e História da Ciência
Edizioni Milella
Éditions du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Experimental biology
Experiments and experimentation
Philosophy of biology
Bernard, Claude
Du Bois-Reymond, Emil Heinrich
Roquette-Pinto, Edgard
Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg
Wundt, Wilhelm Max
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
Berlin (Germany)
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Leipzig (Germany)
United States
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Great Britain)
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris

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