A New Historiography

Nicholas Jardine

in The Scenes of Inquiry

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681288 | DOI:
A New Historiography

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This chapter begins by reviewing the main hypotheses about the factors responsible for setting and shifting scenes of inquiry. It notes two methodological issues that are vital in the development of a new historiography. The first concerns the proper level required for the analysis of scenes of inquiry in the sciences. The second problem is that of the roles to be assigned to individual agency, choice, and strategic deliberation in shifting and stabilizing scenes of inquiry. The chapter outlines a proposed programme for a new historiography of the sciences centred on the formation, transformation, and dissolution of scenes of inquiry, noting that such a historiography overcomes the opposition between internalist and externalist, intellectualist and praxis-oriented, individualist, and collectivist approaches.

Keywords: transformation; internalist; externalist; individualist; collectivist; strategic deliberation

Chapter.  2739 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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