Historiography in a metaphysical mode
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Over the past fifty years, the chemical revolution has been one of the most attractive episodes for historians and philosophers of science to forge their own vision of scientific change or to test philosophical hypotheses. The Lavoisier industry reached a peak between 1989 and 1994 in the context of the celebration of the bicentennial of Lavoisier’s execution during the French Revolution. A review of the abundant literature about the chemical revolution by a respected and well-known scholar of eighteenth-century chemistry is therefore most welcome. Although it is not the first historiographical review of this event, John McEvoy’s essay distinguishes itself by its level of generality. Rather than just surveying the different attempts at determining the meaning and significance of the chemical revolution, McEvoy adopts a meta-historical perspective that allows him to subsume the various interpretations of the chemical revolution under the broader general trends ...
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- 1. CETCOPRA/Université Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne, 17 Rue de la Sorbonne, 75231, Paris Cedex05, France
- 2. Department of History, University of New Hampshire, 20 Academic Way, Durham, NH, 03824, USA
- 3. Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente, Postbox 217, 7500 AE, Enschede, The Netherlands
- 4. Department of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 45221, USA