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 lifestyles sciences through Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, one of many world’s leading philosophers of technology. In those essays, he examines the background of experiments, strategies, version organisms, tools, and the gamut of epistemological, institutional, political, and social components that make certain the particular process the advance of data. construction on rules from his influential publication Toward a historical past of Epistemic Things, Rheinberger first considers methods of historicizing medical wisdom, after which explores diversified configurations of genetic experimentation within the first half the 20 th century and the interplay among apparatuses, experiments, and proposal formation in molecular biology within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century. He delves into basic epistemological concerns referring to the connection among tools and gadgets of data, laboratory arrangements as a different category of epistemic items, and the note-taking and write-up options utilized in learn labs. he's taking up subject matters starting from the French “historical epistemologists” Gaston Bachelard and Georges Canguilhem to the liquid scintillation counter, a radioactivity measuring machine that turned a very important instrument for molecular biology and biomedicine within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. all through An Epistemology of the Concrete, Rheinberger exhibits how assemblages—historical conjunctures—set the stipulations for the emergence of epistemic novelty, and he conveys the fascination of medical issues: these organisms, areas, apparatuses, and methods which are reworked by means of study and that rework learn in turn.

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