On the Dynamics of Scientific Paradigms

  • Vincenzo Cappelletti
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 195)


For the historian axioms are live realities, similar to organisms which are expected to enrich their own structure, to acquire a larger dimension, to compete or coexist with different organisms. Continuing to use this metaphor - perhaps beyond the point which pleases the defenders of individuality, of the hékaston, in bio-medicine - we could say that history requires axioms to lend themselves to fertile hybridizations. The author of some of these being the daily exchange of ideas in the scientific community, while the promoter of others is historiography, a historiography conceived as reason which enlivens, rethinks and judges the event, and as an arduous, yet necessary, drawing closer together of the absolute and the relative - the “I think” and the “what” I think - in order to convert the esse and the sum of factum and fieri mutually one into the other. To this end the historiography of scientific thought, and any other kind of historiographic reflection, are necessary. If the growth of the axiomatic organism can be called “dynamics”, the competition and coexistence which we mentioned are rather its “dialetics”. Only after this has taken place, due to history in the first place, and then to the historian, is an axiom worthy of belonging to the scientific knowledge of the world: a modern ideality born out of the ancient vocation to philosophizing and, according to the wishes of some, meant to be proposed again, unchanged, yet improved and organically related to man’s position in the universe.


Scientific Thought Scientific Paradigm Psychic Energy Sensorial Vector Spiritual Fact 
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  • Vincenzo Cappelletti
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  1. 1.University of RomeItaly

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