Shaping biomedical objects across history and philosophy: A conversation with Hans-Jörg Rheinberger
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Universidad de Granada
Hans-Jörg RheinbergerHistoriography of scienceCultural historyHistoriografía de la cienciaHistoria cultural
García-Sancho, M., G.-S. Matiana, S. María Jesús. «Shaping Biomedical Objects across History and Philosophy : A Conversation With Hans-Jörg Rheinberger». Dynamis: Acta Hispanica Ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam, Vol. 34, Núm. 1, 1, p. 193-09.
SponsorshipSpanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (FFI2010-09866 and in part HUM2006- 04939); CREP (S2007/ HUM 0501)
Historical epistemology, according to the historian of science Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, is a space through which «to take experimental laboratory work into the realm of philosophy». This key concept, together with the crucial events and challenges of his career, were discussed in a public conversation which took place on the occasion of Rheinberger’s retirement. By making sense of natural phenomena in the laboratory, the act of experimenting shapes the object; it is this shaping which became the core of Rheinberger’s own research across biology and philosophy into history. For his intellectual agenda, a history of the life sciences so constructed became «epistemologically demanding».