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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Philosophy of Historical Case Studies

Editors: Sauer, Tilman, Scholl, Raphael (Eds.)

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  • Deals with a pressing issue in history and philosophy of science
  • Discusses criteria for evaluating historical case studies
  • Advances the field of integrated history and philosophy of science  
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This volume collects reflections on the role of philosophy in case studies in the history of science. Case studies have played a prominent role in recent history and philosophy of science. They have been used to illustrate, question, explore, or explicate philosophical points of view. Even if not explicitly so, historical narratives are always guided by philosophical background assumptions. But what happens if different philosophies lead to different narratives of the same historical episodes? Can historical case studies decide between competing philosophical viewpoints? What are the criteria that a case study has to fulfill in order to be philosophically relevant? Bringing together leading practitioners in the fields of history and philosophy of the physical and the life sciences, this volume addresses this methodological problem and proposes ways of rendering explicit philosophical assumptions of historical work.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Philosophy of Historical Case Studies
Editors
  • Tilman Sauer
  • Raphael Scholl
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
319
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30229-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30229-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30227-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80755-3
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 296
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations
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