Eclecticism and Appropriation of the New Scientific Methods by the Greek-Speaking Scholars in the Ottoman Empire

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


Implicitly or explicitly, a great deal of recent historiography of science takes the distinction between scientific centers and scientific peripheries as granted. Historians who inquire into the emergence of modern science primarily focus on areas and events that gave birth to what we now consider “original” science, and confine the rest of the story to a more or less straightforward process of distribution of the sciences to areas which did not participate in the formation of the “original” theories and practices. Due to the lack of local innovation, those areas are described as importers of “new products, new technologies, new ideas” which emanated from the centers and were transferred to the periphery by means of migration.


Modern Science Philosophical Discourse Natural Investigation Contemporary Philosophy Historical Circumstance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Philosophy and History of ScienceAthens UniversityAthensGreece

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