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AuthorZilsel, Edgar. author
TitleThe Social Origins of Modern Science [electronic resource] / by Edgar Zilsel ; edited by Diederick Raven, Wolfgang Krohn, Robert S. Cohen
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2003
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Descript LIX, 267 p. online resource


Edgar Zilsel (1891-1944) lived through the best of times and worst of times, through the renewal of scientific optimism and humane politics, and through the massive social collapse into idolatrous barbarism. With it all, and with his perยญ sonal and family crises in Vienna and later in America, Zilsel was, I believe, a th heroic, indeed a model, scholar of the first half of the 20 century. He was widely admired as a teacher, at high schools, in workers education, in research tutoring and seminars. He was an original investigator on matters of the methodology of science, and of the history of the sciences. He was a social and political analyst, as a critical Marxist, of the turmoil of Vienna in the 20s. Above all, he achieved so much as a sociological historian who undertook reยญ search on two central facts of the early modern world: recognition of the creยญ ative individual, and the ideal of genius; and the conditions and realities of the coming of science to European civilization


I: The Social Origins of Modern Science -- 1. The Social Roots of Science -- 2. The Sociological Roots of Science -- 3. The Methods of Humanism -- 4. Remarks on Zilselโ{128}{153}s โ{128}{152}The Methods of Humanismโ{128}{153} Paul O. Kristeller -- 5. The Origins of William Gilbertโ{128}{153}s Scientific Method -- 6. The Genesis of the Concept of Physical Law -- 7. Copernicus and Mechanics -- 8. The Genesis of the Concept of Scientific Progress and Cooperation -- II: Physical Law and Socio-Historical Law -- 9. Problems of Empiricism -- 10. Physics and the Problem of Historico-sociological Laws -- 11. Phenomenology and Natural Science -- 12. Concerning โ{128}{152}Phenomenology and Natural Scienceโ{128}{153} -- 13. History and Biological Evolution -- 14. Science and the Humanistic Studies -- Index of names -- Index of topics

History Modern philosophy Philosophy and science History History general Modern Philosophy Philosophy of Science


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