The Relevance of History to Philosophy of Science

Robert HUDSON

Abstract


I argue for the possibility of historicized philosophy of science, and then respond to three criticisms of view: 1) history of science provides too few case examples to be useful to philosophy, 2) philosophy based on history is prone to reflexive inconsistency and 3) history of science exhibits an incoherent flux of methods.

Keywords


historicized philosophy of science, induction, reflexivity, flux, methodology, evidence, Joseph Pitt, Nicolas Rasmussen.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.538