Article ID: CBB001420387

How and Why I Write History of Science (2013)


Fisch, Menachem (Author)

Science in Context
Volume: 26, no. 4
Issue: 4
Pages: 573-585

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

I have always been a philosopher at heart. I write history of science and history of its philosophy primarily as a philosopher wary of his abstractions and broad conceptualizations. But that has not always been the case. Lakatos famously portrayed history of science as the testing ground for theories of scientific rationality. But he did so along the crudest Hegelian lines that did injury both to Hegel and to the history and methodology of science. Since science is ultimately rational, he argued, rival methodologies can prove their mettle by competing for whose tendentiously reconstructed account of the history of science renders more of it rational! (Lakatos 1971). My own approach to the relationship between history and philosophy of science started out perhaps a little more open-mindedly than Lakatos's, but in a manner no less crude. Over the years the relationship between the history I wrote and the philosophy to which I was committed took on a firmer and more reciprocal shape. It did so in the course of a process that I now realize exemplified the philosophical position it eventually yielded. I would like to trace that development in the following pages and reflect as best I can on where it has led and left me.

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Authors & Contributors
Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette
Ferreira da Cunha, Ivan
Richard, Sébastien
Clarke, Steven William
Parsons, Keith M.
Telkes, Eva
Science and Education
Philosophy of Science
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Perspectives on Science
Prometheus Books
MIT Press
Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin
Icon Books Ltd.
H. Champion
Methodology of science; scientific method
History of philosophy of science
Philosophy of science
Lakatos, Imre
Popper, Karl Raimund
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
Meyerson, Émile
Kant, Immanuel
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, late
20th century, early

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