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Continental Philosophy of Science provides an expert guide to the major twentieth-century French and German philosophical thinking on science. The book refutes the view that twentieth-century continental thought is anti-scientific, and shows how continental thinkers offer distinctive perspectives that both complement and fruitfully interact with analytic philosophy of science.
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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

Introduction : what is continental philosophy of science? 1
1 Speculative Naturphilosophie and the development of the empirical sciences : Hegel's perspective 19
2 Naturphilosophie 35
3 Bergson's spiritualist metaphysics and the sciences 43
4 Psychophysical parallelism and positive metaphysics 59
5 Ernst Cassirer and the philosophy of science 71
6 From Substance and function 84
7 Science as a triumph of the human spirit and science in crisis : Husserl and the fortunes of reason 93
8 From Introduction to the logical investigations and from The crisis of European sciences and transcendental phenomenology 113
9 Heidegger on science and naturalism 123
10 From On "time and being" 142
11 Technology, science, and inexact knowledge : Bachelard's non-Cartesian epistemology 157
12 From Essai sur la connaissance approchee 176
13 Reassessing the historical epistemology of Georges Canguilhem 187
14 The object of the history of sciences 198
15 Foucault's philosophy of science : structures of truth/structures of power 211
16 From The history of sexuality, vol. I : an introduction 224
17 Gilles Deleuze, difference, and science 239
18 From What is philosophy? 258
19 On asking the wrong question ("in science, is the subject sexed?") 265
20 In science, is the subject sexed? 283
21 Bisected rationality : the Frankfurt school's critique of science 295
22 Knowledge and human interests : a general perspective 310
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