Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Looking at it from Asia: the Processes that Shaped the Sources of History of Science

Editors: Bretelle-Establet, Florence (Ed.)

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The idea of this volume took shape within a group of scholars working on the history of science in Asia. Despite the great differences in time, locations and disciplines between our respective fields of research, we all faced similar situations: among the huge mass of written documents available to historians and that were eventually taken as sources in the historiography of science, some had been well studied while others had been dismissed or ignored. This observation will seem obvious to historians, whose daily work consists in shaping corpuses to raise new questions. The diagnosis has long been established that such selections related to the historians’ agenda and thereby reflected the ways in which historiography somehow belonged to its time. Yet, it appeared to us that this diagnosis was insufficient and that the selective consideration of source material was also at least partly related to mechanisms of selection that occurred upstream from the historian’s classical work of shaping a corpus. Therefore, we came to the idea that, in order to write, or to rewrite, chapters in the history of science, historians may benefit from relying on a critical analysis of the factors that, along history, shaped the documents that have become their sources or the collections from which they constitute their corpuses. It is to the development of such a branch of critical analysis in the history of science, to its methods and to its benefits —to be illustrated in carefully chosen case studies—, that we suggest to devote a collective research and a book. We want to inquire into how the corpuses we form incorporate long sequences of selections and reorganizations that took place in history and that must be brought to light if we do not want various types of actors of the past to carve their choices and conceptions into our questions and conclusions.

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“The resulting collection is a complex and stimulating blend of detailed scholarly investigations and general historiographical observations contributed by an impressive line-up of researchers. … serve the two sets of readers who will no doubt be interested in this book, those who are curious in the specialised treatments and … those who are drawn to the broad themes that these detailed studies offer. … scholarly erudition throughout the book as a whole is commendable, and it is an asset to the advancement of the field.” (Clemency Montelle, Metascience, Vol. 21, 2012)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Formation and Administration of the Collections of Literary and Scholarly Tablets in First Millennium Babylonia

    Pages 3-35

    Clancier, Philippe

  • The Textual Form of Knowledge: Occult Miscellanies in Ancient and Medieval Chinese Manuscripts, Fourth Century B.C. to Tenth Century A.D.

    Pages 37-80

    Harper, Donald

  • Sanskrit Scientific Libraries and Their Uses: Examples and Problems of the Early Modern Period

    Pages 81-114

    Minkowski, Christopher

  • The French Jesuit Manuscripts on Indian Astronomy: The Narratology and Mystery Surrounding a Late Seventeenth – Early Eighteenth Century Project

    Pages 115-140

    Raina, Dhruv

  • Scientific Texts in Contest, 1600–1800

    Pages 141-166

    Pingyi, Chu

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Looking at it from Asia: the Processes that Shaped the Sources of History of Science
Editors
  • Florence Bretelle-Establet
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
265
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3676-6
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3676-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3675-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3249-0
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLVI, 426
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