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Handbook for the Historiography of Science

  • Provides a unique overview of historiographic production in the field of history and philosophy of science

  • Offers a historiographical and epistemological analysis on the bases, possibilities, reaches of science

  • Brings together contributions of distinguished authors in the field

Part of the book series: Historiographies of Science (HISTSC)

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Table of contents (28 entries)

  1. Historical Epistemology: A German Connection

    • Juan A. Queijo Olano, Antonio A. P. Videira
  2. Lorraine Daston’s Historical Epistemology: Style, Program, and School

    • Gabriel da Costa Ávila, Tiago Santos Almeida

About this book

This book aims to perform a critical and broad assessment of the historiography of science produced from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. It presents its main authors, concepts, ideas, conceptions, and schools. It also analyzes the historical circumstances of the rise of the discipline history of science and the relations of the historiography of science with related areas. 

These chapters do not understand the historiography of science as a mere description or record of the history of science. Instead, they understand the historiography of science from the epistemological criteria and choices that guided the writing of the history of science in its different contexts. In other words, more than describing the record of the various possibilities of historiographical approaches to science, the chapters carry out an epistemological reflection to assess the bases, possibilities, scope, and limits of different historiographical conceptions, authors, and traditions that have established the writing of the history of science. 


This book can be conceived as a reference work not only for professional historians and philosophers but also for academics from different backgrounds who are initiating themselves in the universe of history and philosophy of science, be they scientists from different fields or young researchers from different backgrounds who want to start studying the history and philosophy of science.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    Mauro L. Condé

  • Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, Brazil

    Marlon Salomon

About the editors

​Mauro L. Condé is a Professor of History of Science (Historiography of Science) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) since 1998. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy (2001). From 2009 to 2010, He was a visiting scholar at Boston University (USA). He also was a visiting scholar at the University of Vienna in 2016 and the University of São Paulo in 2017. His primary academic interests and research topics focus on the relationship between the historiography of science and epistemology. Author of several articles, book’s chapters, and books on historiography of science. He wrote especially on Kuhn and Fleck and the later Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language. He was editor of several books and currently is Editor-in-Chief of Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science.

Marlon Salomon is an Associate Professor of Modern History at the Federal University of Goiás (Brazil) since 2003. In 2006 and 2009, he was a visiting professor on the history of science team at the University of Picardy Jules Verne (France). His main research interest focuses on the relationships between the historiography of science and other academic disciplines, such as philosophy and history. In recent years, he has been dedicating himself to the study of conceptions of temporality in the history of the historiography of science. He is the author of numerous studies on Alexandre Koyré and on the development of the historiography of science in France. He was editor of several books and currently is Editor-in-Chief of Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook for the Historiography of Science

  • Editors: Mauro L. Condé, Marlon Salomon

  • Series Title: Historiographies of Science

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99498-3

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Humanities, Soc. Sciences and Law

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-99498-3Due: 02 December 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2523-7748

  • Series E-ISSN: 2523-7756

  • Number of Pages: XX, 530

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Historiography and Method, Philosophy of Science