The Legacy of Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science

Janet A. Kourany

in Philosophy of Science after Feminism

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732623
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866403 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

The Legacy of Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science

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This chapter explores the twentieth-century roots of contemporary philosophy of science and its penchant for dealing with science as if science existed in a social/political/economic vacuum. It uncovers no defensible reasons, epistemic or otherwise, to indulge this penchant and many reasons not to. It also uncovers, in the early twentieth-century work of the Vienna Circle, an important historical precedent for doing philosophy of science in a more “contextualized” way—one that locates science within its wider societal context—and the valuable contributions, both philosophical and political, that can generate. A contemporary program for a contextualized philosophy of science inspired by the work of feminists might therefore be an attractive option.

Keywords: Vienna Circle; contextualized philosophy of science; twentieth-century roots; contemporary philosophy of science; societal context

Chapter.  12878 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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