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The Institution of Science and the Science of Institutions

The Legacy of Joseph Ben-David

  • Marcel Herbst

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 302)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marcel Herbst
      Pages 3-14
  3. Role and Ethos

  4. Center and Periphery

  5. Organization and Growth

  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Marcel Herbst
      Pages 187-211
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 213-227

About this book


The present anthology, edited by Marcel Herbst, is partially based on a conference, held in 2009, to reflect on the legacy of Ben-David, and contains a selection of substantially revised papers, plus four contributions specifically written for this volume. The book focuses on three major lines of Ben-David’s research, namely “Center and Periphery” (Part I), “Role and Ethos” (Part II), and “Organization and Growth” (Part III). In addition, comprehensive introductory (“Prologue”) and concluding chapters  (“Epilogue”, Part IV) by Marcel Herbst are provided. The volume addresses the following disciplines: higher education, history and sociology of science, philosophy of science, history of medicine, public administration, policy studies, Jewish studies, and economics. The anthology is one of two new publications on Joseph Ben-David after the special Minerva edition Vol. 25, Numbers 1–2, March 1987,  and Gad Freudenthal’s collection of Ben-David’s writings [1991]. The text can be used in graduate studies, it addresses higher education professionals or public officials, and serves as a gateway to researchers in the field of higher education, science studies, or policy sciences.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Marcel Herbst
    • 1
  1. 1.4mationZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Institution of Science and the Science of Institutions
  • Book Subtitle The Legacy of Joseph Ben-David
  • Editors Marcel Herbst
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Boston Stud. Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-7406-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0632-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-7407-0
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-7942
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 227
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Science
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences
    History of Medicine
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From the reviews:

“This volume … honors the enduring contributions and legacy of Joseph Ben-David (1920-1986), renowned for his work related to the sociology of science. … This would be useful to librarians, educators, clinicians, and researchers interested in the sociology of scientific research and history of science. … Readers interested in understanding the shift of academic scientific research from Italy to England to France to Germany to the United States will appreciate the framework and context this work offers … .” (Elizabeth Connor, Doody’s Book Reviews, April, 2014)