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A House Built on SandExposing Postmodernist Myths About Science$
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Noretta Koertge

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195117257

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195117255.001.0001

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What Is Wrong with the Strong Programme's Case Study of the “Hobbes–Boyle Dispute”? What Is Wrong with the Strong Programme's Case Study of the “Hobbes–Boyle Dispute”? Cassandra L. Pinnick

What Is Wrong with the Strong Programme's Case Study of the “Hobbes–Boyle Dispute”? What Is Wrong with the Strong Programme's Case Study of the “Hobbes–Boyle Dispute”? Cassandra L. Pinnick

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A House Built on Sand
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Cassandra L. Pinnick

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195117255.003.0015

This essay argues that Shapin and Schaffer’s reasoning in their book, Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life, begins from the faulty premise that Hobbes and Boyle represent as clearly defined, and unquestionably different, methodological stances. If Shapin and Schaffer’s history of science is incorrect, then their desired conclusions about the epistemology of science are not motivated.

Keywords:   Shapin, Schaffer, Hobbes, Boyle, bad history, methodology, experimentalism, Leviathan and the Air-Pump

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