Texts, Textual Acts and the History of Science

  • Karine Chemla
  • Jacques Virbel

Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 42)

About this book


The book presents the outcomes of an innovative research programme in the history of science and implements a Text Act Theory which extends Speech Act Theory, in order to illustrate a new approach to texts and textual communicative acts. It examines assertives (absolute or conditional statements, forecasts, insurance, etc.), directives, declarations, and enumerations, as well as different types of textual units allowing authors to perform these acts: algorithms, recipes, prescriptions, lexical templates for terminological studies, and enumerative structures. The book relies on the study of a broad range of documents of the past dealing with various domains: mathematics, zoology, medicine, lexicography. The documents examined come from scholarly sources from different parts of the world, such as China, Europe, India, Mesopotamia, and are written in a variety of European languages as well as Chinese, Cuneiform, and Sanskrit. This approach proves fruitful in both history of science and Text Act Theory.


Assyriology History of Science Indology Sinology Speech Act Theory Textual Act Theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Karine Chemla
    • 1
  • Jacques Virbel
    • 2
  1. 1.SPHERE (ex-REHSEIS; CNRS & University Paris Diderot)Université Paris 7, UMR 7219Paris Cedex 13France
  2. 2.IRITCNRSSaint-Félix LauragaisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16443-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16444-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-0180
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0064
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