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Scientific Sources and Teaching Contexts Throughout History: Problems and Perspectives

  • Alain Bernard
  • Christine Proust


  • Offers a new approach to a hitherto neglected subject

  • Has a heuristic value and interest for similar studies

  • Offers a variety of case studies, belonging to different cultural areas and periods


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 301)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Alain Bernard, Christine Proust
    Pages 1-15
  3. Holistic Approach

  4. Critical Approach

  5. Comparative Approach

  6. Zooming Approach

  7. Postface

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 325-334

About this book


This book examines the textual, social, cultural, practical and institutional environments to which the expression “teaching and learning contexts” refers. It  reflects on the extent to which studying such environments helps us to better understand ancient or modern sources, and how notions of “teaching” and “learning” are to be understood.
Tackling two problems: the first, is that of certain sources of scientific knowledge being studied without taking into account the various “contexts” of transmission that gave this knowledge a long-lasting meaning.

The second is that other sources are related to teaching and learning activities, but without being too precise and demonstrative about the existence and nature of this “teaching context”. In other words, this book makes clear what is meant by “context” and highlights the complexity of the practice hidden by the words “teaching” and “learning”. Divided into three parts, the book makes accessible teaching and learning situations, presents comparatist approaches, and emphasizes the notion of teaching as projects embedded in coherent treatises or productions.



Didactical Dimensions of Mathematical Problems European Renaissance Mathematics French “practical arithmetics” and teaching Hellenistic period Medicine in Late Imperial China Memorization of texts in learning Vietnamese Mathematical Treatise

Editors and affiliations

  • Alain Bernard
    • 1
  • Christine Proust
    • 2
  1. 1.EHESS-CNRS and UPECCentre A. Koyré UMR 8560 and ESPEParisFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire SPHERE UMR 7219Université Paris 7 - CNRSParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Scientific Sources and Teaching Contexts Throughout History: Problems and Perspectives
  • Editors Alain Bernard
    Christine Proust
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Boston Stud. Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-5121-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-7806-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-5122-4
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-7942
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 334
  • Number of Illustrations 227 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Science
    Philosophy of Education
    Philosophy of Science
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