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The Philosophy of Historical Case Studies

  • Tilman Sauer
  • Raphael Scholl
  • Deals with a pressing issue in history and philosophy of science

  • Discusses criteria for evaluating historical case studies

  • Advances the field of integrated history and philosophy of science


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 319)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Tilman Sauer, Raphael Scholl
    Pages 1-8
  3. The Relations Between History of Science and Philosophy of Science

  4. Controversies Reconsidered

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Allan Franklin, Harry Collins
      Pages 95-121
    3. Tarja Knuuttila, Andrea Loettgers
      Pages 151-178
  5. Integration in Practice

About this book


This volume collects reflections on the role of philosophy in case studies in the history of science. Case studies have played a prominent role in recent history and philosophy of science. They have been used to illustrate, question, explore, or explicate philosophical points of view. Even if not explicitly so, historical narratives are always guided by philosophical background assumptions. But what happens if different philosophies lead to different narratives of the same historical episodes? Can historical case studies decide between competing philosophical viewpoints? What are the criteria that a case study has to fulfill in order to be philosophically relevant? Bringing together leading practitioners in the fields of history and philosophy of the physical and the life sciences, this volume addresses this methodological problem and proposes ways of rendering explicit philosophical assumptions of historical work.


Case Studies in the History of Science Historical Methodology History of Science Integrated History and Philosophy of Science Philosophical Tales Philosophy of Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Tilman Sauer
    • 1
  • Raphael Scholl
    • 2
  1. 1.Johannes Gutenberg University MainzInstitute of MathematicsMainzGermany
  2. 2.Department of History and Phil of SciencUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Philosophy of Historical Case Studies
  • Editors Tilman Sauer
    Raphael Scholl
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Boston Stud. Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-30227-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80755-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-30229-4
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-7942
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 296
  • Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Science
    Philosophy of Science
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