Article ID: CBB001420386

Disturbing Dogmas: Biologists and the History of Biology (2013)


Jablonka, Eva (Author)
Lamb, Marion J. (Author)

Science in Context
Volume: 26, no. 4
Issue: 4
Pages: 557-571

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Article in a special issue, “Approaches, Styles, and Narratives: Reflections on Doing History of Science”
Language: English

The attitude of biologists to the history of their discipline varies. For some, a hazy knowledge of the recent past is all that is necessary to provide an explanatory basis for their work. They take it for granted that everything of value from the less recent past has been appropriately incorporated into present-day thinking. Other biologists see history as an integral part of their research: the historical roots of accepted facts and theories help in the evaluation of present positions. These biologists bring to history their specialized knowledge, which can be an advantage, but often they also bring an agenda that biases what they investigate and how they present it. We illustrate this by describing our own foray into history, which was motivated by findings in cell biology that suggested that some accepted views about heredity and evolution were wrong.

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Authors & Contributors
Waizbort, Ricardo
Martins, Lilian Al-Chueyer Pereira
Brzezinski Prestes, María Elice de
Stefano, Waldir
Martins, Lilian A.-C. Pereira
Tudge, Colin
Journal of the History of Biology
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Comptes Rendus Biologies
Filosofia e História da Biologia
Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
Hill & Wang
EDP sciences
Presses Universitaires de France
Fundo Mackenzie de Pesquisa
Cellular biology
Weismann, August
Darwin, Charles Robert
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Loeb, Jacques
Köstlin, Carl Heinrich
Just, Ernest Everett
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
18th century
20th century, early
Naples (Italy)
Great Britain
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Biologie, Berlin
Stazione Zoologica di Napoli

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