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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Social and Economic Roots of the Scientific Revolution

Texts by Boris Hessen and Henryk Grossmann

Editors: Freudenthal, Gideon, McLaughlin, Peter (Eds.)

  • Assembles the classics of Marxist historiography of science
  • Offers the first publication of a book by Grossman and a new and reliable translation of Hessen
  • Provides an in-depth introduction to the various theories
  • Outlines the historical context of these theories and their biased anti-Marxist reception
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About this book

The texts of Boris Hessen and Henryk Grossmann assembled in this volume are important contributions to the historiography of the Scienti?c Revolution and to the methodology of the historiography of science. They are of course also historical documents, not only testifying to Marxist discourse of the time but also illustrating typical European fates in the ?rst half of the twentieth century. Hessen was born a Jewish subject of the Russian Czar in the Ukraine, participated in the October Revolution and was executed in the Soviet Union at the beginning of the purges. Grossmann was born a Jewish subject of the Austro-Hungarian Kaiser in Poland and served as an Austrian of?cer in the First World War; afterwards he was forced to return to Poland and then because of his revolutionary political activities to emigrate to Germany; with the rise to power of the Nazis he had to ?ee to France and then Americawhilehisfamily,whichremainedinEurope,perishedinNaziconcentration camps. Our own acquaintance with the work of these two authors is also indebted to historical context (under incomparably more fortunate circumstances): the revival of Marxist scholarship in Europe in the wake of the student movement and the p- fessionalization of history of science on the Continent. We hope that under the again very different conditions of the early twenty-?rst century these texts will contribute to the further development of a philosophically informed socio-historical approach to the study of science.

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“This book is an important gateway to study how Marxist ideas have shaped the development of science studies. … This volume … provides an enlightening introduction to the first stage in the shaping of modern science studies by Marxist theory. It also effectively opens a historical window to questions about later interactions of Marxism and science studies. … a book that is very helpful in understanding of how ideas about the social nature and role of science have developed since the 1930s … .” (Nils Roll-Hansen, Metascience, Vol. 21, 2012)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Classical Marxist Historiography of Science: The Hessen-Grossmann-Thesis

    Freudenthal, Gideon (et al.)

    Pages 1-40

  • The Social and Economic Roots of Newton’s Principia

    Hessen, Boris

    Pages 41-101

  • The Social Foundations of the Mechanistic Philosophy and Manufacture

    Grossmann, Henryk

    Pages 103-156

  • Descartes and the Social Origins of the Mechanistic Concept of the World

    Grossmann, Henryk

    Pages 157-229

  • Additional Texts on Mechanism

    Grossmann, Henryk

    Pages 231-237

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eBook $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9604-4
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $249.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-9603-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $249.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9193-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Social and Economic Roots of the Scientific Revolution
Book Subtitle
Texts by Boris Hessen and Henryk Grossmann
Editors
  • Gideon Freudenthal
  • Peter McLaughlin
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
278
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9604-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9604-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9603-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9193-0
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 273
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