Continental Philosophy of Science / Edition 1

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Continental Philosophy of Science provides an expert guide to the major twentieth-century French and German philosophical thinking on science.

  • A comprehensive introduction by the editor provides a unified interpretative survey of continental work on philosophy of science.
  • Interpretative essays are complemented by key primary-source selections.
  • Includes previously untranslated texts by Bergson, Bachelard, and Canguilhem and new translations of texts by Hegel and Cassirer.
  • Contributors include Terry Pinkard, Jean Gayon, Richard Tieszen, Michael Friedman, Joseph Rouse, Mary Tiles, Hans-Jöerg Rheinberger, Linda Alcoff, Todd May, Axel Honneth, and Penelope Deutscher.
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“Continental philosophers in Britain and the United States have for the most part ignored the enormous contribution of continental philosophy to the philosophy of science, just as philosophers of science in Britain and the United States have done. Gary Gutting has long been a leading exponent of the importance of this contribution and his superb collection, with its many new translations, should go a long way toward turning the tide.” Robert Bernasconi, University of Memphis

“This masterful collection of original texts and expert commentary demonstrates Continental philosophers’ rich and diverse engagement with science, dispelling the notion that significant philosophical thinking about science is the sole prerogative of ‘analytic’ philosophers.” Daniel Dahlstrom, Boston University

“This book makes a welcome contribution to the secondary literature on the history and philosophy of modern science. Gary Gutting has assembled an impressive gallery of essays, which collectively advance a powerful, if relatively neglected, interpretation of the development of scientific method and practice. The pairing of influential historical figures with leading contemporary commentators is especially valuable.” Daniel W. Conway, The Pennsylvania State University

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Meet the Author

Gary Gutting holds the Notre Dame Chair in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His recent publications include Pragmatic Liberalism and the Critique of Modernity (1999), and French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century (2001). He is founder and editor of Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, an online book review journal

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


Introduction: What Is Continental Philosophy of Science (Gary Gutting).


1. Speculative Naturphilosophie and the Development of the Empirical Sciences: Hegel’s Perspective (Terry Pinkard).

2. Naturphilosophie (G. W. F. Hegel).


3. Bergson’s spiritualist metaphysics and the sciences (Jean Gayon).

4. Psycho-physical parallelism and positive metaphysics (Henri Bergson).


5. Ernst Cassirer and the Philosophy of Science (Michael Friedman).

6. From Substance and Function (Ernst Cassirer).


7. Science as a Triumph of the Human Spirit and Science in Crisis: Husserl and the Fortunes of Reason (Richard Tieszen).

8. From the Introduction to the Logical Investigations and from The Crisis of the European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology (Edmund Husserl).


9. Heidegger on Science and Naturalism (Joseph Rouse).

10. From On Time and Being (Martin Heidegger).


11. Technology , Science and Inexact Knowledge: Bachelard’s Non-Cartesian Epistemology (Mary Tiles).

12. From Essai sur la connaissance approchée (Gaston Bachelard).


13. Reassessing the Historical Epistemology of Georges Canguilhem (Hans-Jörg Rheinberger).

14. The Object of the History of Sciences (Georges Canguilhem).


15. Foucault’s Philosophy of Science: Structures of Truth/Structures of Power (Linda Martín Alcoff).

16. "Objectives" and "Method" (Michel Foucault).


17. Gilles Deleuze, Difference, and Science (Todd May).

18. From What Is Philosophy (Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari).


19. On Asking the Wrong Question ("In Science, Is the Subject Sexed?") (Penelope Deutscher).

20. In Science, Is the Subject Sexed (Luce Irigaray).


21. Bisected Rationality: The Frankfurt School’s Critique of Science (Axel Honneth).

22. Knowledge and Human Interest: A General Perspective (Jürgen Habermas).


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