Legitimation and History

Nicholas Jardine

in The Scenes of Inquiry

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681288 | DOI:
Legitimation and History

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This chapter deals with strategies of legitimation that can be used to promote and defend practices. These strategies have a huge role in all scientific disciplines in securing compliance with new methods and continued adherence to old ones. The discussion highlights the diversity of different types of legitimation operative in the sciences: appeal to interests; norms of logic and epistemology; authority; literary and aesthetic sensibilities; and exemplary successes. The chapter goes on to point out the relevance of writing about the history of disciplines as a main context for the various types of legitimation.

Keywords: strategies of legitimation; compliance with methods; adherence; appeal to interests; authority; writing; history of discipline; epistemology

Chapter.  9716 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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