Article ID: CBB001553515

Difference Machines: Time in Experimental Systems (2015)

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Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg (Author)


Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Volume: 23.2
Issue: 2
Pages: 165-176


Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Part of a Series: Keeping Time
Language: English

For a long time, identity and contradiction were the categories in which historical trajectories were conceptualized. Following Gilles Deleuze, this essay uses the categories of reproduction and difference instead to convey an idea of how the sciences develop on the basis of experimentation---a development that does not rest on anticipation, as is usually thought, but reveals itself as a process “driven from behind,” as Thomas Kuhn once put it. The essay exposes the temporal structure characteristic of experimental systems on the basis of an example from the recent history of the life sciences.

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Authors & Contributors
Wray, K. Brad
Hoyningen-Huene, Paul
Yafeng Shan
Alberto Fragio
Protevi, John
Weber, Marcel
Journals
Philosophy of Science
Perspectives on Science
Theoria (0495-4548)
Synthese
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Science
Publishers
SUNY Press
University of Minnesota Press
University of Chicago Press
Edinburgh University Press
Cambridge University Press
Concepts
Philosophy of science
Experiments and experimentation
Biology
History of science, as a discipline
Historiography
Methodology of science; scientific method
People
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Deleuze, Gilles
Bonaventura, Enzo
Schreber, Daniel Paul
Popper, Karl Raimund
Kristeva, Julia
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
Places
Italy
Europe
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