Forms of presentism in the history of science. Rethinking the project of historical epistemology.

@article{Loison2016FormsOP,
  title={Forms of presentism in the history of science. Rethinking the project of historical epistemology.},
  author={Laurent Loison},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of science},
  year={2016},
  volume={60},
  pages={
          29-37
        }
}
  • Laurent Loison
  • Published 2016
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of science
Since the late 1980s, presentism has seen a resurgence among some historians of science. Most of them draw a line between a good form of presentism and typical anachronism, but where the line should be drawn remains an open question. The present article aims at resolving this problem. In the first part I define the four main distinct forms of presentism at work in the history of science and the different purposes they serve. Based on this typology, the second part reconsiders what counts as… Expand

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