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Krüger, Lorenz

Why Does History Matter to Philosophy and the Sciences?

Selected Essays

Ed. by Sturm, Thomas / Carl, Wolfgang / Daston, Lorraine

Series:Quellen und Studien zur Philosophie 66

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    February 2012
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    What are the relationships between philosophy and the history of philosophy, the history of science and the philosophy of science?

    This selection of essays by Lorenz Krüger (1932-1994) presents exemplary studies on the philosophy of John Locke and Immanuel Kant, on the history of physics and on the scope and limitations of scientific explanation, and a realistic understanding of science and truth. In his treatment of leading currents in 20th century philosophy, Krüger presents new and original arguments for a deeper understanding of the continuity and dynamics of the development of scientific theory. These result in significant consequences for the claim of the sciences that they understand reality in a rational manner. The case studies are complemented by fundamental thoughts on the relationship between philosophy, science, and their common history.


    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    viii, 275 pages
    1 frontispiece
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    Lorenz Krüger (1932-1994) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and the University of Göttingen, Germany. Since 1992, he was head of the "Centre of the History and Theory of Sciences" in Berlin. Krüger also wasa founding director of the Max-Planck-Institute of the History of Sciences, Berlin, Germany.

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