History and philosophy of science: coherent programme at last?
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About 40 years ago, Giere (1973), in a much noted review, criticized the attempt to combine philosophical with historical methods in the study of science as being ‘without a conceptually coherent programme’. In particular, Giere found it difficult to see how a largely descriptive approach (history) could meaningfully inform a largely normative approach (philosophy) without committing the notorious naturalistic fallacy. Since then much ink has been spilled over the question of how the relationship between history of science (HoS) and philosophy of science (PoS) could (and should) most reasonably be construed (see Schickore 2011for a comprehensive overview). The present volume constitutes the latest concerted effort in this endeavour. It is one of the strengths of this collection that, contrary to much other work on the topic, it really does try, consistently throughout all of its contributions, to elucidate the HoS–PoS relationship in one way or another. Whereas some contributions...