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Science and the Life-WorldEssays on Husserl's Crisis of European Sciences$
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David Hyder and Hans-Jorg Rheinberger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756044

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756044.001.0001

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On the Historicity of Scientific Knowledge: Ludwik Fleck, Gaston Bachelard, Edmund Husserl

On the Historicity of Scientific Knowledge: Ludwik Fleck, Gaston Bachelard, Edmund Husserl

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(p.164) § 10 On the Historicity of Scientific Knowledge: Ludwik Fleck, Gaston Bachelard, Edmund Husserl
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Science and the Life-World
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Hans-jörg Rheinberger

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756044.003.0010

This chapter examines Husserl's work as an instance of wider developments in the first de cades of the twentieth century, in particular to what has been called a “crisis of reality” or a “crisis of historicism.” It argues that this double crisis is found in the work of Gaston Bachelard and Ludwik Fleck as well, and led to a transformation in the history of science, whereby it became a properly epistemological enterprise and no longer merely the chronicler of positive scientific developments. It contends that the development of a history of science with a genuinely historical-epistemological agenda is intimately connected with the crisis experienced at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   historicism crisis, science history, historical-epistemological agenda, crisis of reality

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