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Shaping biomedical objects across history and philosophy: A conversation with Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-209
JournalDynamis : Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam
Volume34
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

Abstract

Historical epistemology, according to the historian of science Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, is a space through which «to take experimental laboratory work into the realm of philosophy». This key concept, together with the crucial events and challenges of his career, were discussed in a public conversation which took place on the occasion of Rheinberger’s retirement. By making sense of natural phenomena in the laboratory, the act of experimenting shapes the object; it is this shaping which became the core of Rheinberger’s own research across biology and philosophy into history. For his intellectual agenda, a history of the life sciences so constructed
became «epistemologically demanding».

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  • Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, historiography of science, cultural history

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