The internal-external distinction sheds light on the history of the twentieth-century philosophy of science
Irzık, Gürol (2015) The internal-external distinction sheds light on the history of the twentieth-century philosophy of science. In: Arabatsiz, Theodore and Renn, Jurgen and Simoes, Ana, (eds.) Relocating the History of Science: Essays in Honor of Kostas Gavroglu. Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science: 312 (Part III). Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 211-223. ISBN 978-3-319-14552-5 (Print) 978-3-319-14553-2 (Online)
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-14553-2_14
Drawing on the recent revisionary scholarship regarding logical positivism and its relation to the early post-positivism, I display and question the standard historical understanding of the analytical philosophy of science from the late 1920s to the mid-1970s. I then propose an alternative account based on the internal-external distinction. I conclude by showing some advantages of my alternative narrative that does more justice to the logical positivism than the standard understanding and suggest some further lines of research that it opens up.
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