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Where Meanings Were Made

Nicholas Jardine

in The Scenes of Inquiry

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250395.003.0014
Where Meanings Were Made

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This chapter presents several guidelines for historians out to describe and explain the production of meaning in the sciences. It considers two important implications of the question-based account. First, the account links historical interpretation with the explanation of novelty in the sciences. Secondly, the apprehension of past styles of inquiry involves many practices that are relevant to the historical understanding of past works of the sciences. The chapter discusses how the study of the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of questions in the sciences tackled in this book shows affinities with much recent social and cultural history of science. It concludes that the study of scenes of inquiry in the sciences should form the core of the history of sciences.

Keywords: question-based account; scientific novelty; history of science; scientific meaning; historical understanding

Chapter.  5994 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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