Travelling Both Ways: The Adaptation of Disciplines, Scientific Textbooks and Institutions

  • Dhruv RainaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 275)


The historiography of sciences, we have been informed, has been parasitic upon the sciences, and as a genre has been the most conservative of the genres of historical writing. 1 However, the externalities and internalities that the history of sciences is bent on identifying, shape the historiography of science itself; and the so called parasitic determinants may well belong to the domain of internalities. Returning to the theme of the present paper, I look at the system of colonial education in British India as a site for the ‘expansion of European science’ in non-Western contexts. Thus while post-colonial theory has since dispensed with and extensively critiqued the notion of ‘European science’, 2 the question of the localization of so-called Western science has been addressed from the perspective of the practitioners of scientific disciplines in research environments.


Modern Science Social History Technical Education Colonial Rule European Science 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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