A NICE DERANGEMENT OF EPISTEMES PDF

Reconstructing the history of these critiques, John H. Zammito argues that while so-called postpositivist theories of science are very often invoked, they actually provide little support for fashionable postmodern approaches to Since the s, many philosophers of science have attacked positivism—the theory that scientific knowledge is grounded in objective reality. Zammito argues that while so-called postpositivist theories of science are very often invoked, they actually provide little support for fashionable postmodern approaches to science studies. Zammito shows how problems that Quine and Kuhn saw in the philosophy of the natural sciences inspired a turn to the philosophy of language for resolution.

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About John H. Zammito John Zammito specializations in European intellectual history of the modern epoch, from the Renaissance to the present, with a special concentration on the era of the Enlightenment. John H. Zammito February, A Nice Derangement of Epistemes: Post-positivism in the Study of Science from Quine to Latour Since the s, many philosophers of science have attacked positivism—the theory that scientific knowledge is grounded in objective reality.

Reconstructing the history of these critiques, John H. Zammito argues that while so-called postpositivist theories of science are very often invoked, they actually provide little support for fashionable postmodern approaches to science studies. Zammito shows how problems that Quine and Kuhn saw in the philosophy of the natural sciences inspired a turn to the philosophy of language for resolution.

This linguistic turn led to claims that science needs to be situated in both historical and social contexts, but the claims of recent "science studies" only deepened the philosophical quandary.

In essence, Zammito argues that none of the problems with positivism provides the slightest justification for denigrating empirical inquiry and scientific practice, delivering quite a blow to the "discipline" postmodern science studies. Filling a gap in scholarship to date, A Nice Derangement of Epistemes will appeal to historians, philosophers, philosophers of science, and the broader scientific community.

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