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What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?

July 24, 2008

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The central purpose of epistemology, as traditionally understood, is to identify and justify the epistemic basis of knowledge, including scientific knowledge. While epistemology in this sense is one of the strongest branches of contemporary philosophy, its universalizing approach has been criticized in various ways. In particular, it has been suggested that knowledge is always situated in a context (biological, social, historical, material) and that epistemology cannot afford to ignore the features of this context. In this vein, recent decades have seen the emergence of naturalized, social, or feminist epistemologies. One particular kind of challenge to traditional epistemology has been named “historical epistemology”. Contrary to the other “alternative” epistemologies just mentioned, however, it is not widely known or discussed by contemporary Anglo-American philosophers, but has in recent years been appealed to mostly by historians of science.

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Introduction

What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?

What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?

Speakers: Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Thomas Sturm, Uljana Feest More What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?

Section I

Epistemic Concepts and Practices I

Epistemic Concepts and Practices I

Chair: Michael Godin; Speakers: Jutta Schickore, Thomas Sturm; Commentator: Lorraine Daston More Epistemic Concepts and Practices I

Section II

Epistemic Concepts and Practices II

Epistemic Concepts and Practices II

Chair: Peter McLaughlin; Speakers: M. Norton Wise, Michael Heidelberger; Commentator: Sandra Mitchell More Epistemic Concepts and Practices II

Section III

Epistemic Objects I

Epistemic Objects I

Chair: Ursula Klein; Speakers: Theodore Arabatzis, Hasok Chang; Commentator: Hans-Jörg Rheinberger More Epistemic Objects I

Section IV

Epistemic Objects II

Epistemic Objects II

Chair: Marcel Weber; Speakers: Margaret Schabas, Uljana Feest; Commentator: Chrysostomos Mantzavinos More Epistemic Objects II

Section V

Dynamics of Scientific Research

Dynamics of Scientific Research

Chair: Kyle Stanford; Speakers: Michael Friedman, Peter Barker; Commentator: Jürgen Renn More Dynamics of Scientific Research

Section VI

Keynote Lecture

Keynote Lecture

Chair: Antonio Diéguez Lucena; Keynote Address: Philip Kitcher More Keynote Lecture

Section VII

Reflections on Epistemology and Histography

Reflections on Epistemology and Histography

Chair: Paul Hoyningen-Huene; Speakers: Mary Tiles, Martin Kusch, Barry Stroud; Commentator: Catherine Wilson More Reflections on Epistemology and Histography

Final Panel Discussion

What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?

What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?

Chairs: Uljana Feest, Thomas Sturm; Panelists: Jean-Francois Braunstein, Wolfgang Carl, Daniel Garber, Robert J. Richards More What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?

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