© 1983

Science under Scrutiny

The Place of History and Philosophy of Science

  • R. W. Home

Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Lloyd Evans
    Pages 1-3
  3. John Passmore
    Pages 5-29
  4. Everett Mendelsohn
    Pages 31-47
  5. Alan Musgrave
    Pages 49-79
  6. Bryan Gandevia
    Pages 81-98
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 173-182

About this book


Only in fairly recent years has History and Philosophy of Science been recognized - though not always under that name - as a distinct field of scholarly endeavour. Previously, in the Australasian region as elsewhere, those few individuals working within this broad area of inquiry found their base, both intellectually and socially, where they could. In fact, the institutionali­ zation of History and Philosophy of Science began comparatively early in Australia. An initial lecturing appointment was made at the University of Melbourne immediately after the Second World War, in 1946, and other appointments followed as the subject underwent an expansion during the 1950s and '60s similar to that which took place in other parts of the world. Today there are major Departments at the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales and the University of Wollongong, and smaller groups active in many other parts of Australia, and in New Zealand.


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Editors and affiliations

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  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Science under Scrutiny
  • Book Subtitle The Place of History and Philosophy of Science
  • Editors R. W. Home
  • Series Title Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1602-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-8384-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-7672-7
  • Series ISSN 0929-6425
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 182
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    History, general
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`In conclusion, this collection of essays is interesting to read, intellectually stimulating and thougt provoking, comprehensive in scope (including historical examples from physics, sociology, economics, etc.), yet specific in addressing the pedagogical questions concerning sudies in the history and philosophy of science. could become a provocative standard introductory text for teachers and students interested in the natural as well as the social sciences.'
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences (July 1985)