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Selection, System and Historiography

  • Peter Machamer
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 151)

Abstract

This paper is contentious, assertive and programmatic. It attempts to assay certain characteristics of a chronological history of science as practiced. It presents a model based on evolutionary theory that shows how to do that job better. After a brief excursion into the ontological assumptions of history writing, it goes on to sketch a different, systemic model. This systemic model is compatible with the traditional model, but will allow science better to be seen in its complex relation to other human and social aspects. As a leitmotif it is argued that intentionality and the mental or their teleological analogues, as an essential part of selectivity, are an ineliminable part of the history of science, however done.

Keywords

Intellectual History White Moth Black Moth Protestant Ethic Ontological Assumption 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Machamer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA

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