Philosophy of Science and the Art of Historical Interpretation

  • N. Jardine
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 145)


Why do historians and philosophers of science expect to profit from each others’ enquiries: and why are their expectations so apt to end in disillusionment of the kind voiced by Wisan in the context of Galilean studies?1


Scientific Method Thought Experiment Heuristic Method Historical Interpretation Theoretical Innovation 
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  1. 6.
    T.S Kuhn, ‘A Function for thought experiments’ (1964): reprinted in The Essential Tension, Chicago, 1977, 240–265.Google Scholar
  2. 11.
    N. Koertge, Journal of the History of Ideas 38 (1977), 384–408.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Jardine
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CambridgeUSA

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