By Hans-Jörg Rheinberger,Timothy Lenoir

An Epistemology of the Concrete brings jointly case reviews and theoretical reflections at the historical past and epistemology of the existence sciences via Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, one of many world’s prime philosophers of technological know-how. In those essays, he examines the heritage of experiments, techniques, version organisms, tools, and the gamut of epistemological, institutional, political, and social elements that be sure the particular process the improvement of information. development on rules from his influential booklet Toward a background of Epistemic Things, Rheinberger first considers methods of historicizing clinical wisdom, after which explores diverse configurations of genetic experimentation within the first half the 20th century and the interplay among apparatuses, experiments, and suggestion formation in molecular biology within the moment half the 20 th century. He delves into primary epistemological concerns pertaining to the connection among tools and gadgets of data, laboratory arrangements as a unique classification of epistemic gadgets, and the note-taking and write-up options utilized in examine labs. he's taking up issues starting from the French “historical epistemologists” Gaston Bachelard and Georges Canguilhem to the liquid scintillation counter, a radioactivity measuring gadget that turned a vital software for molecular biology and biomedicine within the Sixties and Seventies. all through An Epistemology of the Concrete, Rheinberger indicates how assemblages—historical conjunctures—set the stipulations for the emergence of epistemic novelty, and he conveys the fascination of clinical issues: these organisms, areas, apparatuses, and strategies which are reworked via learn and that remodel learn in turn.

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