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Immanent Philosophy of X

Hendry, R.F.

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In this paper I examine the relationship between historians, philosophers and sociologists of science, and indeed scientists themselves. I argue that (i) they co-habit a shared intellectual territory (science and its past); and (ii) they should be able to do so peacefully, and with mutual respect, even if they disagree radically about how to describe the methods and results of science. I then go on to explore some of the challenges to mutually respectful cohabitation between history, philosophy and sociology of science. I conclude by identifying a familiar kind of project in the philosophy of science which seeks to explore the worldview of a particular scientific discipline, and argue that it too has a right to explore the shared territory even though some historians and sociologists may find it methodologically suspect.


Hendry, R. (2016). Immanent Philosophy of X. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 55, 36-42.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 4, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 4, 2015
Publication Date Feb 1, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2015
Publicly Available Date Mar 4, 2017
Journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Print ISSN 1355-2198
Electronic ISSN 1355-2198
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Pages 36-42
Keywords History of science, Philosophy of science, Sociology of science.


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