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Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact

Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact

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by Ludwik Fleck
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226253252

ISBN-13: 9780226253251

Pub. Date: 08/15/1981

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Originally published in German in 1935, this monograph anticipated solutions to problems of scientific progress, the truth of scientific fact and the role of error in science now associated with the work of Thomas Kuhn and others. Arguing that every scientific concept and theory—including his own—is culturally conditioned, Fleck was appreciably ahead

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Originally published in German in 1935, this monograph anticipated solutions to problems of scientific progress, the truth of scientific fact and the role of error in science now associated with the work of Thomas Kuhn and others. Arguing that every scientific concept and theory—including his own—is culturally conditioned, Fleck was appreciably ahead of his time. And as Kuhn observes in his foreword, "Though much has occurred since its publication, it remains a brilliant and largely unexploited resource."

"To many scientists just as to many historians and philosophers of science facts are things that simply are the case: they are discovered through properly passive observation of natural reality. To such views Fleck replies that facts are invented, not discovered. Moreover, the appearance of scientific facts as discovered things is itself a social construction, a made thing. A work of transparent brilliance, one of the most significant contributions toward a thoroughly sociological account of scientific knowledge."—Steven Shapin, Science

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226253251
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/15/1981
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
1,166,720
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword
Preface
Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact
Overview of Contents
Prologue
How the Modern Concept of Syphilis Originated
Epistemological Conclusions from the Established History of a Concept
Established History of a Concept
The Wassermann Reaction and Its Discovery
Epistemological Considerations Concerning the History of the Wassermann Reaction
Commentary and Annotation
Biographical Sketch
Descriptive Analysis
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Illustrations

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Fleck's understanding of the workings of science was a half-century ahead of his time. Unlike most science studies scholars, Fleck was brilliantly practiced as a scientist before he wrote about its system of producing knowledge. And he had both the sensitivity and sensibility to understand the human condition which is no different in science than out. Kuhn's perception was good--Fleck's was great.