, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 723-725
Date: 29 Nov 2011

A Brazilian perspective on philosophy and history of science

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The Boston studies series has long had a tradition of bringing to the History and Philosophy of Science community at large the latest state of play of the field in a specific country or region. One might wonder as to the motivation: It might be that this state is in fact shaped by certain factors or constraints specific to that country or region, and hence, by bringing certain contributions together, one can discern the nature of those forces. Alternatively, it may be that other factors and constraints have somehow prevented that state of play from coming to the attention of the HPS community, and a representative collection might rectify this.

One could make a case for both motivations in this case. As the opening survey essay by Paty nicely and extensively illuminates, much of the history of HPS in Brazil has been dominated by what is often labelled the ‘continental’ approach. Poirier, Granger, Debrun and Lebrun were all prominent in maintaining a strong French philosophical presence, ...