Investigating the Life Sciences. An Introduction to the by G. M. N. Verschuuren

By G. M. N. Verschuuren

A distinct advent to the philosophy of technological know-how with particular emphasis at the lifestyles sciences. half I provides ordinary yet primary strategies and difficulties in epistemology and their relation to questions of medical method. half II offers with case reports from the heritage of biology which illustrate specific philosophical issues whereas half III progresses to extra advanced rules as at the nature and method of technology. half IV discusses the constraints of clinical enquiry and its family members to different platforms of data and interpretation.

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By G. M. N. Verschuuren

A distinct advent to the philosophy of technological know-how with particular emphasis at the lifestyles sciences. half I provides ordinary yet primary strategies and difficulties in epistemology and their relation to questions of medical method. half II offers with case reports from the heritage of biology which illustrate specific philosophical issues whereas half III progresses to extra advanced rules as at the nature and method of technology. half IV discusses the constraints of clinical enquiry and its family members to different platforms of data and interpretation.

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Psychologists of science have tried to answer this question by suggesting rivalry and jealousy, for Mendel had sent a copy of his article to many colleagues [25], who hardly reacted. Other psychologists would say that the 'minds' of biologists were not prepared yet to perceive the importance of Mendel's approach; they like to say that Mendel's ideas were 'premature' [26], or that the time was not 'ripe' yet [27] — and this might be the main reason that Mendel and Darwin never met. Sociologists of science on the other hand prefer to say that Mendel lived at the periphery of the scientific community and published in an obscure journal; and apparently he did not fit into the received main-stream of scientific research.

1. There is an increasing nunnber of histories of (life) sciences, not to mention nnany monographs. Some examples are: F. Bodenheimer (1958), C. Singer (1959), M. Sirks and C. Zirkle (1964), P. Smit (1974). 2. Some of these personal stories are gathered in A. Garrett (1963). 3. This problem is treated in J. Agassi (1963) and T. Kuhn (1977, ch. 1). 33 CHAPTER 6 Harvey's 'Discovery' The idea of a closed circulation of blood kept moving by a heart pump is called the epoch-making discovery of Harvey.

Psychologists of science have tried to answer this question by suggesting rivalry and jealousy, for Mendel had sent a copy of his article to many colleagues [25], who hardly reacted. Other psychologists would say that the 'minds' of biologists were not prepared yet to perceive the importance of Mendel's approach; they like to say that Mendel's ideas were 'premature' [26], or that the time was not 'ripe' yet [27] — and this might be the main reason that Mendel and Darwin never met. Sociologists of science on the other hand prefer to say that Mendel lived at the periphery of the scientific community and published in an obscure journal; and apparently he did not fit into the received main-stream of scientific research.

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