History of science for its own sake?
Fuller, Steve, 1959-. (2010) History of science for its own sake? History of the Human Sciences, Vol.23 (No.4). pp. 95-99. ISSN 0952-6951
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I see two major themes arising from Mark Erickson’s (2010) provocative question, ‘Why should I read histories of science?’ The first pertains to the apparent failure of historians to address ‘why’ the history has taken the course it has. Although Erickson singles out histories written by professional scientists, it is a question that is also fairly asked of professional historians, who remain sufficiently turned against positivism to prefer micro-contextualisations of the past. The second theme concerns the audience for histories of science. Here I am much less happy than Erickson with Shapin’s (2005) characterisation of how historical writing about science would need to change in order to acquire a wider audience.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Science -- Historiography|
|Journal or Publication Title:||History of the Human Sciences|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Page Range:||pp. 95-99|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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