Article ID: CBB928733497

French historical epistemology: Discourse, concepts, and the norms of rationality (2020)

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In recent years, analytic philosophers have begun to recognize the value of the French school of historical epistemology (as embodied by figures such as Jean Cavaillès, Gaston Bachelard, Georges Canguilhem, and Michel Foucault) for contemporary debates in the history and philosophy of science. This tradition, which some characterize as a ‘French’ approach to the philosophy of science, however, remains largely un-read by mainstream philosophers of science. This article offers an interpretation of this tradition, highlighting what the author takes to be its two central features: (i) its claim that scientific discourse is the object of epistemology and (ii) its claim that scientific concepts are the building blocks of scientific discourse.

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Authors & Contributors
Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg
Corrigan, Kevin
Johnston, John H
Loison, Laurent
Chimisso, Christina
Méthot, Pierre-Olivier
Journals
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Revue de Synthèse
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Publishers
Duke University Press
University of Chicago Press
Emory University
Aracne
Edinburgh University Press
Concepts
Epistemology
Philosophy of science
Philosophy of biology
History of science, as a discipline
Philosophy
Biology
People
Canguilhem, Georges
Bachelard, Gaston
Foucault, Michel
Koyré, Alexandre
Husserl, Edmund
Fleck, Ludwik
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
21st century
Places
France
Europe
Germany
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