TITLE

ETICS AND EMICS (NOT TO MENTION ANEMICS AND EMETICS) IN THE HISTORY OF THE SCIENCES

AUTHOR(S)
Jardine, Nick
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
History of Science;Sep2004, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p261
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this article, the author shall suggest that the obsession with actors' categories is a hangover from an historiography of scientific ideas based on texts and doctrines. By contrast, the etics/emics debates have addressed the central issues of current historiography of the sciences, focusing as they do on problems of interpretation and analysis of others' perceptions, skills and institutions. Historians of science have vociferously inveighed against anachronism. Two of its many species have come in for special condemnation. First, the anachronism of selection which singles out those writers, texts and doctrines that have contributed to a scientific progress culminating in current orthodoxies and second, the conceptual anachronism which describes past deeds and works in terms unavailable to the agents themselves.
ACCESSION #
46364821

 

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