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An Epistemology of the Concrete brings together case studies and theoretical reflections on the history and epistemology of the life sciences by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, one of the world’s foremost philosophers of science. In these essays, he examines the history of experiments, concepts, model organisms, instruments, and the gamut of epistemological, institutional, politica ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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I think the ideas presented in this book are incredibly interesting. Rheinberger starts by developing a little outline of the historical influences at play in writing the text and, for me, as someone who is interested in philosophy and intellectual history, that was the most rewarding part of the book. The exploration of ideas is very good throughout the text, and Rheinberger's focus on the concrete and his knowledge of technologies are a welcome change of pace from all of the discussion about t ...more
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