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Duhem in Different Contexts: Comments on Brenner and Martin

Philip L. Quinn and Phillip L. Quinn
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Vol. 83, No. 3, Pierre Duhem: Historian and Philosopher of Science. Part II: Duhem as Philosopher of Science (Jun., 1990), pp. 357-362
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20116793
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

These comments consist of reflections on the papers Anastasios Brenner and R. N. D. Martin presented at the Conference on Pierre Duhem: Historian and Philosopher of Science. I argue they present nicely complementary accounts of Duhem's turn to history of science: Brenner emphasizes reasons internal to Duhem's philosophical concern with scientific methodology while Martin highlights reasons derived from the broader context of Duhem's engagement with religious controversies of his culture. I go on to suggest that seeing Duhem in this broader perspective can help us cope with the conflicts between science and religion in our own culture.

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