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Immanent philosophy of X.

Hendry, Robin (2016) 'Immanent philosophy of X.', Studies in history and philosophy of science part A., 55 . pp. 36-42.


In this paper I examine the relationship between historians, philosophers and sociologists of science, and indeed scientists themselves. I argue that (i) they co-habit a shared intellectual territory (science and its past); and (ii) they should be able to do so peacefully, and with mutual respect, even if they disagree radically about how to describe the methods and results of science. I then go on to explore some of the challenges to mutually respectful cohabitation between history, philosophy and sociology of science. I conclude by identifying a familiar kind of project in the philosophy of science which seeks to explore the worldview of a particular scientific discipline, and argue that it too has a right to explore the shared territory even though some historians and sociologists may find it methodologically suspect.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:History of science, Philosophy of science, Sociology of science.
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Date accepted:04 August 2015
Date deposited:11 September 2015
Date of first online publication:04 September 2015
Date first made open access:04 March 2017

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