Introduction: Focusing on Questions

Nicholas Jardine

in The Scenes of Inquiry

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681288 | DOI:
Introduction: Focusing on Questions

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This chapter first discusses the origin of the work then presents the aims of this book that are addressed to the students of the sciences — philosophers, historians, and sociologists. It suggests a shift in focus to the questions and answers posed by science, arguing that this shift makes it possible to overcome long-standing obstacles to the understanding of sciences and opens up new fields of inquiry. Then, the chapter raises some questions regarding the philosophy of science, which is almost always focused on scientific doctrines. Lastly, the chapter presents a plan of the work and an outline of the topics arranged according to chapters.

Keywords: science; inquiry; sociologists; shift of focus; obstacles; philosophy of science

Chapter.  3034 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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