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  1. Review of 'Theoretical Virtues in Science' by Samuel Schindler. [REVIEW]Darren Bradley - manuscript
  2. Russell's 1927 The Analysis of Matter as the First Book on Quantum Gravity.Said Mikki - manuscript
    The goal of this note is to bring into wider attention the often neglected important work by Bertrand Russell on the foundations of physics published in the late 1920s. In particular, we emphasize how the book The Analysis of Matter can be considered the earliest systematic attempt to unify the modern quantum theory, just emerging by that time, with general relativity. More importantly, it is argued that the idea of what I call Russell space, introduced in Part III of that (...)
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  3. Cristina Chimisso, Hélène Metzger, Historian and Historiographer of the Sciences. [REVIEW]Oscar Moro Abadía - forthcoming - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.
  4. Continuity Through Change: State Social Research and Sociology in Portugal.Frederico Ágoas - forthcoming - History of the Human Sciences:095269512092209.
    This article examines the development of empirical social research in Portugal over about a century and its relation to the early institutionalization of sociology at the tail end of that period. Relying on new empirical data, coupled with a critical reading of the main sources on the topic, it brings to light some epistemic invariants in a disparate body of research, acknowledging the initial persistence of Le Play-inspired as well as properly Le Playsian research methods. Furthermore, it identifies the general (...)
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  5. Talking Therapy: The Allopathic Nihilation of Homoeopathy Through Conceptual Translation and a New Medical Language.Lyn Brierley-Jones - forthcoming - History of the Human Sciences:095269512096787.
    The 19th century saw the development of an eclectic medical marketplace in both the United Kingdom and the United States, with mesmerists, herbalists and hydrotherapists amongst the plethora of medical ‘sectarians’ offering mainstream medicine stiff competition. Foremost amongst these competitors were homoeopaths, a group of practitioners who followed Samuel Hahnemann in prescribing highly dilute doses of single-drug substances at infrequent intervals according to the ‘law of similars’. The theoretical sophistication of homoeopathy, compared to other medical sectarian systems, alongside its institutional (...)
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  6. Avicenna and the Contest of Healing: Medical Crises and the Body Politic Metaphor in the Canon of Medicine.Glen Cooper - forthcoming - In Kadircan H. Keskinbora (ed.), Revisiting Ibn Sina’s Heritage. Bern, Switzerland:
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  7. Andrea Strazzoni. Dutch Cartesianism and the Birth of Philosophy of Science: From Regius to ’s Gravesande. [REVIEW]Mihnea Dobre - forthcoming - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.
  8. Emily Herring, Kevin Matthew Jones, Konstantin S. Kiprijanov, and Laura M. Sellers, Eds., The Past, Present, and Future of Integrated History and Philosophy of Science. [REVIEW]Kate Dorsch - forthcoming - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.
  9. Dmitri Levitin, Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science. Histories of Philosophy in England, C. 1640-1700. [REVIEW]Mogens Laerke - forthcoming - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.
  10. Photo Mensura.Patrick Maynard - forthcoming - In Nicola Moeßner & Alfred Nordmann (eds.), The Epistemology of Measurement: Representational and Technological Dimensions. Routledge.
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  11. Michael J. Sauter. The Spatial Reformation: Euclid Between Man, Cosmos, and God. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019. Pp. 327. $89.95 (Cloth). ISBN 978-0-812-25066-4. [REVIEW]David Marshall Miller - forthcoming - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.
  12. Michael Heidelberger, Helmut Pulte, and Gregor Schiemann, eds. Hermann von Helmholtz. Philosophische und Populärwissenschaftliche Schriften. [REVIEW]Alfred Nordmann - forthcoming - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.
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  13. How We Became Sensorimotor: Movement, Measurement, Sensation.Mark Paterson - forthcoming - Minneapolis, MN, USA: University of Minnesota Press.
    The years between 1833 and 1945 fundamentally transformed science’s understanding of the body’s inner senses, revolutionizing fields like philosophy, the social sciences, and cognitive science. In How We Became Sensorimotor, Mark Paterson provides a systematic account of this transformative period, while also demonstrating its substantial implications for current explorations into phenomenology, embodied consciousness, the extended mind, and theories of the sensorimotor, the body, and embodiment. -/- Each chapter of How We Became Sensorimotor takes a particular sense and historicizes its formation (...)
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  14. The Paradigms in Philosophy and History of Science.Stefano Poggi - forthcoming - Hegel-Studien.
  15. Images and Contexts.Dhruv Raina - forthcoming - Oxford University Press.
    This volume situates the historiography of science in India within a social theory of science. Focussing on several strands from the corpus of writing over the last 150 years, it examines the paradigm shift within science studies, the move away from a West-centric theory of science, and future trends and possibilities. The book explores ideas about the interplay between scientism and romanticism, internal and external accounts of science, creative tension between scientism and romanticism, model of colonial science and its relationship (...)
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  16. Motivating the History of the Philosophy of Thought Experiments.Michael T. Stuart & Yiftach Fehige - forthcoming - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science:000-000.
  17. The Relativity of Theory by Moti Mizrahi: Pandemics and Pathogens: What’s at Stake in the Debate Over Scientific Realism? [REVIEW]Margaret Greta Turnbull - forthcoming - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A.
    I provide a critical review of Moti Mizrahi's The Relativity of Theory, expounding on the book's strengths and then providing an extended argument that Mizrahi mischaracterizes the epistemic attitude of concern to antirealism about science as well as the practical stakes involved in adopting the antirealist position.
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  18. French Neopositivism and the Logic, Psychology, and Sociology of Scientific Discovery.Krist Vaesen - forthcoming - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science:000-000.
  19. Peter J Bowler. A History of the Future: Prophets of Progress From H. G. Wells to Isaac Asimov. X + 287 Pp., Figs., Illus., Notes, Bibl., Index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. $74.99 (Cloth); ISBN 9781107148734. [REVIEW]Mark B. Adams - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):205-206.
  20. Rohan Deb Roy. Malarial Subjects: Empire, Medicine, and Nonhumans in British India, 1820–1909. Xv + 332 Pp., Illus., Bibl., Index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. £75 (Cloth); ISBN 9781107172364. E-Book Available (Open Access). [REVIEW]Patricia Barton - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):192-193.
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  21. A River Is Not a Pendulum: Sediments of Science in the World of Tides.Debjani Bhattacharyya - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):141-149.
  22. Water and Planetary History. [REVIEW]Lino Camprubí - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):164-167.
  23. Jaime Marroquín Arredondo; Ralph Bauer (Editors). Translating Nature: Cross-Cultural Histories of Early Modern Science. (The Early Modern Americas.) Vi + 355 Pp., Notes, Index. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019. £47 (Cloth); ISBN 9780812250930. [REVIEW]Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):187-188.
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  24. Letter to the Editor.Richard C. Carrier - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):154-155.
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  25. Science Shaping Modernity: Stephen Gaukroger’s Four-Volume Series Completed.H. Floris Cohen - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):156-163.
  26. The Giant Remains: Mesoamerican Natural History, Medicine, and Cycles of Empire.Mackenzie Cooley - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):45-67.
  27. Contested Numbers: The failed negotiation of objective statistics in a methodological review of Kinsey et al.’s sex research.Tabea Cornel - 2021 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43 (1):1-32.
    From 1950 to 1952, statisticians W.G. Cochran, C.F. Mosteller, and J.W. Tukey reviewed A.C. Kinsey and colleagues’ methodology. Neither the history-and-philosophy of science literature nor contemporary theories of interdisciplinarity seem to offer a conceptual model that fits this forced interaction, which was characterized by significant power asymmetries and disagreements on multiple levels. The statisticians initially attempted to exclude all non-technical matters from their evaluation, but their political and personal investments interfered with this agenda. In the face of McCarthy’s witch hunts, (...)
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  28. M. Norton Wise. Aesthetics, Industry, and Science: Hermann von Helmholtz and the Berlin Physical Society. 432 Pp., Figs., Bibl., Index. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2018. $45 (Cloth); ISBN 9780226531359. E-Book Available. [REVIEW]Angela N. H. Creager - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):202-203.
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  29. Normality: A Collection of Essays.Peter Cryle & Elizabeth Stephens - 2021 - History of the Human Sciences 34 (2):3-8.
    This article introduces a collection of articles written in response to a recently published intellectual and cultural history of normality by Peter Cryle and Elizabeth Stephens. It points to the fact that this special issue considerably extends and enriches the topical range of the book. The articles that follow discuss, in order, schooling in France at the time of the Revolution, phrenology in Europe and the US from 1840 to 1940, relations between commercial practice and scientific craniometry in 19th-century Britain (...)
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  30. Peter H. Hoffenberg. A Science of Our Own: Exhibitions and the Rise of Australian Public Science. (Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century.) Vii + 196 Pp., Figs., Bibl., Notes, Index. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019. $45 (Cloth); ISBN 9780822945765. E-Book Available. [REVIEW]James Dunk - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):193-194.
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  31. Self-Knowledge, Perception, and Margaret Cavendish’s Metaphysics of the Individual.Laura Georgescu - 2021 - Early Science and Medicine 25 (6):618-639.
    For Margaret Cavendish, every single part of matter has self-knowledge, and almost every part has perceptive knowledge. This paper asks what is at stake for Cavendish in ascribing self-knowing and perceptive properties to matter. Whereas many commentators take perception and self-knowledge to be guides to Cavendish’s epistemology, this paper takes them to be guides to her metaphysics, in that it shows that these categories account for individual specificity and for relationality. A part of matter is a unique individual insofar as (...)
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  32. Galenizing the New World: Joseph-François Lafitau's 'Galenization' of Canadian Ginseng, CA 1716-1724.Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh - 2021 - Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science 75 (1):59-72.
    This essay situates the French Jesuit missionary Joseph-François Lafitau's (1681–1746) ‘discovery’ of Canadian ginseng within its social, commercial and religious contexts, and illustrates how the missionary's upbringing and education in France shaped the way he perceived nature in the New World. It elucidates the manner in which Lafitau ‘Galenized’ Canadian flora, fauna and peoples. It explores the role of Lafitau's dual enculturation in both a mercantile household and later the Society of Jesus in his application of Galenic categories to Canadian (...)
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  33. Jan Surman. Universities in Imperial Austria, 1848–1918: A Social History of a Multilingual Space. (Central European Studies.) Xiv + 458 Pp., Illus., Tables, Notes, Bibl., Index. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press, 2018. $49.95 (Paper); ISBN 9781557538376. [REVIEW]Wolfgang Göderle - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):197-198.
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  34. Mark Dennis Robinson. The Market in Mind: How Financialization Is Shaping Neuroscience, Translational Medicine, and Innovation in Biotechnology. Xi + 309 Pp., Notes, Bibl., Index. Cambridge, Mass./London: MIT Press, 2019. $40 (Paper); ISBN 9780262536875. [REVIEW]Lianne Habinek - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):213-214.
  35. Esteban Law. Das Corpus Hermeticum—Wirkungsgeschichte: Transzendenz, Immanenz, Ethik. (Clavis Pansophiae, 7,3.1.) 472 Pp., Bibl., Index. Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 2018. €198 (Cloth); ISBN 9783772818202. [REVIEW]Wouter J. Hanegraaff - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):179-180.
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  36. Gillen D’Arcy Wood. Land of Wondrous Cold: The Race to Discover Antarctica and Unlock the Secrets of Its Ice. 312 Pp., Figs., Bibl., Index. Princeton, N.J./Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2020. $27.95 (Cloth); ISBN 9780691172200. E-Book and Audiobook Available. [REVIEW]Vanessa Heggie - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):194-195.
  37. Peter G. Knight. Glacier: Nature and Culture. (Earth.) 224 Pp., Bibl., Index. London: Reaktion Books, 2019. $24.95 (Paper); ISBN 9781789141344. [REVIEW]Adrian Howkins - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):169-170.
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  38. Herbert L. Kessler; Richard G. Newhauser (Editors). Optics, Ethics, and Art in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries: Looking Into Peter of Limoge’s “Moral Treatise on the Eye.” With the Assistance of Arthur J. Russell. Xiv + 212 Pp., Figs., Notes, Bibl., Illus., Index. Toronto: PIMS, 2018. $95 (Cloth); ISBN 9780888442093. [REVIEW]Danielle Jacquart - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):183-184.
  39. Hilary A. Smith. Forgotten Disease: Illnesses Transformed in Chinese Medicine. (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.) X + 232 Pp., Notes, Bibl., Index. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2017. £20.99 (Paper); ISBN 9781503603448. [REVIEW]Eric I. Karchmer - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):170-171.
  40. Animism, Aristotelianism, and the Legacy of William Gilbert’s De Magnete.Jeff Kochan - 2021 - Perspectives on Science 29 (2):157-188.
    William Gilbert’s 1600 book, De magnete, greatly influenced early modern natural philosophy. The book describes an impressive array of physical experiments, but it also advances a metaphysical view at odds with the soon to emerge mechanical philosophy. That view was animism. I distinguish two kinds of animism – Aristotelian and Platonic – and argue that Gilbert was an Aristotelian animist. Taking Robert Boyle as an example, I then show that early modern arguments against animism were often effective only against Platonic (...)
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  41. Eric Huntington. Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism. (Global South Asia.) 304 Pp., Figs., Notes, Bibl., Index. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020. $65 (Cloth); ISBN 9780295744063. E-Book Available. [REVIEW]Lan A. Li - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):176-177.
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  42. (Mis)Understanding Scientific Disagreement: Success Versus Pursuit-Worthiness in Theory Choice.Eli I. Lichtenstein - 2021 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 85:166-175.
    Scientists often diverge widely when choosing between research programs. This can seem to be rooted in disagreements about which of several theories, competing to address shared questions or phenomena, is currently the most epistemically or explanatorily valuable—i.e. most successful. But many such cases are actually more directly rooted in differing judgments of pursuit-worthiness, concerning which theory will be best down the line, or which addresses the most significant data or questions. Using case studies from 16th-century astronomy and 20th-century geology and (...)
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  43. Katelynn Robinson. The Sense of Smell in the Middle Ages: A Source of Certainty. (Studies in Medieval History and Culture.) X + 228 Pp., Index. New York/London: Routledge, 2020. $155 (Cloth); ISBN 9780367000684. E-Book Available. [REVIEW]James McHugh - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):182-183.
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  44. Helena Ekerholm; Karl Grandin; Christer Nordlund; Patience A. Schell (Editors). Understanding Field Science Institutions. Xiv + 358 Pp., Notes. Sagamore Beach, Mass.: Science History Publications, 2017. (Paper); ISBN 9780881354836. Michael J. Lannoo. This Land Is Your Land: The Story of Field Biology in America. Xviii + 305 Pp., Notes, Bibl., Index. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2018. $30 (Paper); ISBN 9780226580890. [REVIEW]Georgina M. Montgomery - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):173-174.
  45. Shallow Water at China’s Coast: Depicting Dangers on Early Modern Chinese Maps.Elke Papelitzky - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):111-121.
  46. Hanna Roman. The Language of Nature in Buffon’s “Histoire Naturelle.” (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 10.) Xi + 210 Pp., Bibl., Index. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press on Behalf of the Voltaire Foundation, 2018. £65 (Paper); ISBN 9781786941398. [REVIEW]Swann Paradis - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):189-190.
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  47. The Unvirtuous Prediction of the Pessimistic Induction.Seungbae Park - 2021 - Filosofija. Sociologija 32 (3):TBD.
    The pessimist predicts that future scientific theories will replace present scientific theories. However, she does not specify when the predicted events will take place, so we do not have the opportunity to blame her for having made a false prediction, although we might have the chance to praise her for having made a true prediction. Her prediction contrasts with the astronomer’s prediction. The astronomer specifies when the next solar eclipse will happen, so we have both the chance to blame her (...)
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  48. The Science of Shallow Waters: Connecting and Classifying the Early Modern Atlantic.Christopher L. Pastore - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):122-129.
  49. Sabine Clarke. Science at the End of Empire: Experts and the Development of the British Caribbean, 1940–62. (Studies in Imperialism.) Viii + 206 Pp., Figs., Bibl., Index. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018. £80 (Cloth); ISBN 9781526131386. E-Book Also Available. [REVIEW]Megan Raby - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):210-211.
  50. Jobin M. Kanjirakkat; Gordon McOuat; Sundar Sarukkai (Editors). Science and Narratives of Nature: East and West. (Science and Technology Studies, 1.) Xi + 337 Pp., Figs., Index. London/New York: Routledge, 2015. £95 (Cloth); ISBN 9781138900899. [REVIEW]Dhruv Raina - 2021 - Isis 112 (1):177-179.