The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity 1210-1685

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Why did science emerge in the West and how did scientific values come to be regarded as the yardstick for all other forms of knowledge? Stephen Gaukroger shows just how bitterly the cognitive and cultural standing of science was contested in its early development. Rejecting the traditional picture of secularization, he argues that science in the seventeenth century emerged not in opposition to religion but rather was in many respects driven by it. Moreover, science did not present a unified picture of nature but was an unstable field of different, often locally successful but just as often incompatible, programmes. To complicate matters, much depended on attempts to reshape the persona of the natural philosopher, and distinctive new notions of objectivity and impartiality were imported into natural philosophy, changing its character radically by redefining the qualities of its practitioners.

The West's sense of itself, its relation to its past, and its sense of its future, have been profoundly altered since the seventeenth century, as cognitive values generally have gradually come to be shaped around scientific ones. Science has not merely brought a new set of such values to the task of understanding the world and our place in it, but rather has completely transformed the task, redefining the goals of enquiry. This distinctive feature of the development of a scientific culture in the West marks it out from other scientifically productive cultures. In The Emergence of a Scientific Culture, Stephen Gaukroger offers a detailed and comprehensive account of the formative stages of this development--and one which challenges the received wisdom that science was seen to be self-evidently the correct path to knowledge and that the benefits of science were immediately obvious to the disinterested observer.

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About the Author:


Stephen Gaukroger has a BA (Philosophy) from the University of London and a Ph.D (History and Philosophy of Science) from the University of Cambridge. He was Research Fellow in the Philosophy of Science, Clare Hall, Cambridge, 1977-1978; Research Fellow, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne, 1978-1980. Since 1981 he has been in the Philosophy Department at the University of Sydney where he is currently Professor of History of Philosophy and History of Science.

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"An impressive and wide ranging book.... Gaukroger's grand beginning of an even grander five-volume narrative is an exceptional book. Its structure of scientific authority, as it were, is certain to stimulate long and lively discussions among academics of every stripe, from medievalists through historical sociologists to historians of science, religion, and the world's civilizations."--Michael H. Shank, Renaissance Quarterly


"Especially useful to philosophers looking for the historical context of particular arguments. Few historians have the ambition to attempt a synoptic treatment of the entire history of Western science at anything more than an introductory level. Certainly, no one has undertaken such a project in recent years, when so much has been added to the secondary literature. Gaukroger's book is a comprehensive, narrative overview of the state of the art. The Emergence of a Scientific Culture and its companion volumes will fill an empty niche on scholars' bookshelves."--David Marshall Miller, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


"A careful reading of this outstanding treatise by Gaukroger brings to life not only 500 crucial years that yielded the emergence of science in the west, but also the religious ferment and motivations that forwarded the new scientific culture."--T. Eastman, CHOICE


"Gaukroger provides an insightful analysis...and the book's...content also reminds us of its author's accomplishments as a historian of philosophy."--Peter Dear, Nature


"A project of breathtaking ambition...is an impressive performance...and synthesizes a lot of difficult material into a coherent body."--Times Literary Supplement


"An impressive and wide ranging book.... Gaukroger's grand beginning of an even grander five-volume narrative is an exceptional book. Its structure of scientific authority, as it were, is certain to stimulate long and lively discussions among academics of every stripe, from medievalists through historical sociologists to historians of science, religion, and the world's civilizations."--Michael H. Shank, Renaissance Quarterly


"Especially useful to philosophers looking for the historical context of particular arguments. Few historians have the ambition to attempt a synoptic treatment of the entire history of Western science at anything more than an introductory level. Certainly, no one has undertaken such a project in recent years, when so much has been added to the secondary literature. Gaukroger's book is a comprehensive, narrative overview of the state of the art. The Emergence of a Scientific Culture and its companion volumes will fill an empty niche on scholars' bookshelves."--David Marshall Miller, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


"A careful reading of this outstanding treatise by Gaukroger brings to life not only 500 crucial years that yielded the emergence of science in the west, but also the religious ferment and motivations that forwarded the new scientific culture."--T. Eastman, CHOICE


"Gaukroger provides an insightful analysis...and the book's...content also reminds us of its author's accomplishments as a historian of philosophy."--Peter Dear, Nature


"A project of breathtaking ambition...is an impressive performance...and synthesizes a lot of difficult material into a coherent body."--Times Literary Supplement


"Monumental, elegant." --Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences


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