The Idols of Experiment: Transcending the ‘Etc. List’

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In the concluding session of the workshop “Experiments: Their Meaning and Variety” (Bielefeld, Germany, March 1996; see Heidelberger and Steinle 1998), it became apparent that a divide separates the historians of science from the philosophers of science as to scientific experimentation. It transpired that the philosophy of experiment is lagging behind the extensive historical studies of experimentation and has not yet incorporated the many facets (technological, cultural, sociological, and anthropological) that historians have addressed. It was clear that a stronger case for the philosophy of experiment should have been made. To be sure, there have been attempts at such philosophy,
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Philosophy Of Scientific Experimentation
EditorsH. Radder
Place of PublicationPittsburgh
PublisherUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN (Print)9780822957959, 9780822972396
StatePublished - 2003

Bibliographical note

Published in a Russian translation in a Journal for Philosophy of Science in Russia


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