KEYWORDS: science studies; history of science; philosophy of science; logic; knowledge; epistemology; truth; reality; concept; theory; metascience; STS; historiography; revolution; progress; paradigm; Weltanschauung; world-view; meme; philosophy of science; logic; knowledge; epistemology; truth; reality; concept; theory
Our science has concentrated on asking certain questions at the expense of others, although this is so woven into the fabric of our knowledge that we are generally unaware of it. In another world, the basic questions may have been asked differently..
J. Robert Oppenheimer
The important thing about our perception of Nature is that by the time we realize a problem exists we are already on the way to its solution. We are shielded from the problems we would have no hope at all of solving, simply because we cannot conceive of them. Our concepts are built from the things we can understand, and they serve us very well at our particular level of sophistication. But they scarcely permit us even a glimpse of a more advanced stage of sophistication. This is as well, for otherwise we should soon become discouraged.
Our only experience of a successful scientific culture is of the one that actually evolved, over a period of three centuries, in the heart of European civilization. What principles were essential to its achievements, and how might those principles be safeguarded as this culture itself undergoes radical change?
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History and Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of Mathematics
History and Philosophy of Physics
History/Philosophy of Astronomy/Cosmology
History and Philosophy of Earth Sciences
History and Philosophy of Life Sciences
History and Philosophy of Social Sciences
Religion and Science
Thomas S. Kuhn