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What Has History of Science to Do with History of Philosophy?

Tad M. Schmaltz

in Philosophy and Its History

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780199857142
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199345427 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857142.003.0015
What Has History of Science to Do with History of Philosophy?

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In this chapter I consider the relation of history of philosophy to the history of science. I argue that though these two disciplines are naturally linked, they also have special commitments that distinguish each from the other. I begin with the history of the history of science, a discipline that was once allied with philosophy of science but that has increasingly evolved toward social history. Then I consider the debate over whether the history of philosophy is essential for, or rather largely irrelevant to, contemporary “analytic” philosophy. My conclusion is that the relation of history of philosophy to philosophy is best conceived in terms of the relation of history of science to history. Finally, I consider a particular case study of the relation of history of science to history of philosophy that concerns contextualist scholarship on early modern philosophy and science.

Keywords: Externalism; history; internalism; Kuhn; philosophy; science

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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