The Institution of Science and the Science of Institutions

The Legacy of Joseph Ben-David

  • Marcel Herbst

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 302)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marcel Herbst
      Pages 3-14
  3. Role and Ethos

  4. Center and Periphery

  5. Organization and Growth

  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Marcel Herbst
      Pages 187-211
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 213-227

About this book


The present anthology, edited by Marcel Herbst, is partially based on a conference, held in 2009, to reflect on the legacy of Ben-David, and contains a selection of substantially revised papers, plus four contributions specifically written for this volume. The book focuses on three major lines of Ben-David’s research, namely “Center and Periphery” (Part I), “Role and Ethos” (Part II), and “Organization and Growth” (Part III). In addition, comprehensive introductory (“Prologue”) and concluding chapters  (“Epilogue”, Part IV) by Marcel Herbst are provided. The volume addresses the following disciplines: higher education, history and sociology of science, philosophy of science, history of medicine, public administration, policy studies, Jewish studies, and economics. The anthology is one of two new publications on Joseph Ben-David after the special Minerva edition Vol. 25, Numbers 1–2, March 1987,  and Gad Freudenthal’s collection of Ben-David’s writings [1991]. The text can be used in graduate studies, it addresses higher education professionals or public officials, and serves as a gateway to researchers in the field of higher education, science studies, or policy sciences.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Marcel Herbst
    • 1
  1. 1.4mationZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7406-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7407-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7942
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