Problems and Methodology of Exploring the Scientific Thought During the Greek Enlightenment (1750–1821)

  • Yiorgos N. Vlahakis
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 151)


Besides the serious, methodological problems a historian of science usually faces, there are some which are by-products of the special case under examination. For those who have decided to explore the “virgin” world of the structure and development of scientific thought in Greece during the so-called “Greek Enlightenment” (1750–1821), these many and sometimes peculiar problems present a case for study themselves. The main problem is the very subject under investigation, because the researcher must first convince the scientific community that this period is worthy that science in this area of Greek culture actually existed during the occupation of the Ottoman Empire. The researcher must also be careful to avoid repeating the mistake made concerning science in the Middle Ages. Some of the “ordinary problems which arise in the exploration of this magnificent but still unknown world” will be presented here.


Scientific Revolution Scientific Thought Scientific Book European Scientist Greek Culture 
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  • Yiorgos N. Vlahakis
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  1. 1.H. N. Hydrographic ServiceAthensGreece

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