HISTORY OF SCIENCE A LA BELLE LETTRE: A CASE OF LAURA SNYDER

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Istoriya nauki a la belle letter: opyt Laury Snayder
Author(s): 
Ilya Kasavin
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Issue number: 
No. 2 (Vol. 48)
Pages: 
233-237
Abstract: 

Two books of American philosopher and science historian Laura Snyder are dedicated to the study of personality and teachings of William Whewell – an outstanding British philosopher and scholar, one of the father figures of the 19th century positivism. The author shows the role of communicative structures formed around prominent philosophers and scientists of the Victorian era, among which Whewell held a special and often the leading position. The purpose of these discussions and conversations, this selected discursive space or a trade zone served not only to find the final scientific truth. Much more they led to legitimating and consolidating the place of scientific and philosophical dispute in the structure of scientific activity and to justifying the latter. In this perspective, Snyder gives the chronicle of scientific-technical revolution of the 19th century, which brought England to the top of the leading world powers.

Keywords: 
William Whewell, positivism, Victorian science, dispute, scientific communication, history and philosophy of science
References: 

Kasavin I. Collective agent as a matter of epistemological analysis [Kollektivniy subjekt kak predmet epistemologicheskogo analyza]. Epistemology & Philosophy of Science, 2015, no. 4, pp. 5-17.

William Whewell. The Philosophy of Inductive Sciences founded upon their history. Vol. I. ed. by I. Kasavin, transl.by A. Nikiforov. Moscow: Knorus, 2016 (in print).

Halacy D. S. Charles Babbage, Father of the Computer. New York: Crowell-Collier Press, 1970. 170p.

Sismondo S. An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. Oxford: Blackwell, 2010. 244p.

Snyder L.J. Reforming Philosophy: A Victorian Debate on Science and Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. 386p.

Snyder L.J. The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Men who Transformed Science and Changed the World. Broadway Books, 2012. 448p.

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