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“… the art of shaping a democratic reality and being directed by it …”—philososophy of science in turbulent times


Fehr, Johannes (2012). “… the art of shaping a democratic reality and being directed by it …”—philososophy of science in turbulent times. Studies in East European Thought, 64(1-2):81-89.

Abstract

This article has three objectives: First, it revises the history of the reception of Ludwik Fleck's monograph Entstehung und Entwicklung einer wissenschaftlichen Tatsache (1935, Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact). Contrary to the established picture, Fleck's book was largely discussed in the years before the outbreak of World War II. What becomes clear when reading these early reviews and especially Fleck's comments to those written by representatives of Nazi Germany is, second, the political dimension of his epistemology. In this respect, Fleck's emphasis on the genuinely democratic character of science will be discussed in some detail. And third, Fleck's notion of "Denkstil”—thought-style—shall be examined more closely since, as we will claim, it can be understood as a notion indicating where the democratic dimension of science encounters its limits

Abstract

This article has three objectives: First, it revises the history of the reception of Ludwik Fleck's monograph Entstehung und Entwicklung einer wissenschaftlichen Tatsache (1935, Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact). Contrary to the established picture, Fleck's book was largely discussed in the years before the outbreak of World War II. What becomes clear when reading these early reviews and especially Fleck's comments to those written by representatives of Nazi Germany is, second, the political dimension of his epistemology. In this respect, Fleck's emphasis on the genuinely democratic character of science will be discussed in some detail. And third, Fleck's notion of "Denkstil”—thought-style—shall be examined more closely since, as we will claim, it can be understood as a notion indicating where the democratic dimension of science encounters its limits

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Social Sciences & Humanities > Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Law
Language:English
Date:1 May 2012
Deposited On:20 Dec 2018 17:33
Last Modified:31 Jul 2020 02:47
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0925-9392
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11212-012-9161-7
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencespringer101007s1121201291617 (Library Catalogue)

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