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Epistemic Virtues in the Sciences and the Humanities

  • Jeroen van Dongen
  • Herman Paul

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 321)

About this book

Introduction

This book explores how physicists, astronomers, chemists, and historians in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries employed ‘epistemic virtues’ such as accuracy, objectivity, and intellectual courage. In doing so, it takes the first step in providing an integrated history of the sciences and humanities. It assists in addressing such questions as:

What kind of perspective would enable us to compare organic chemists in their labs with paleographers in the Vatican Archives, or anthropologists on a field trip with mathematicians poring over their formulas?

While the concept of epistemic virtues has previously been discussed, primarily in the contexts of the history and philosophy of science, this volume is the first to enlist the concept in bridging the gap between the histories of the sciences and the humanities. Chapters research whether epistemic virtues can serve as a tool to transcend the institutional disciplinary boundaries and thus help to attain a ‘po

st-disciplinary’ historiography of modern knowledge. Readers will gain a contextualization of epistemic virtues in time and space as the book shows that scholars themselves often spoke in terms of virtue and vice about their tasks and accomplishments.

This collection of essays opens up new perspectives on questions, discourses, and practices shared across the disciplines, even at a time when the neo-Kantian distinction between sciences and humanities enjoyed its greatest authority. Scholars including historians of science and of the humanities, intellectual historians, virtue epistemologists, and philosophers of science will all find this book of particular interest and value.

Keywords

Epistemic Virtues Sciences and Humanities Scholarly Personae History of the Humanities History of Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeroen van Dongen
    • 1
  • Herman Paul
    • 2
  1. 1.ITFA, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute for HistoryLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48893-6
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48892-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48893-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7942
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