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Is the History of Science Relevant to the Philosophy of Science?

Marga Vicedo
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1992, Volume Two: Symposia and Invited Papers (1992), pp. 490-496
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/192862
Page Count: 7
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Is the History of Science Relevant to the Philosophy of Science?
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Abstract

Philosophers have started to use the history of science to address some of their philosophical concerns. In this paper I point out some aspects of contemporary practice that require further consideration in order to achieve a more fruitful integration of history and philosophy: one, the limitations of using case studies; two, the need to articulate how we should use history as evidence. Specifically, I argue that to make progress in the debate about realism we will have to pay more attention to the role of historical evidence.

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