Edgar Zilsel () lived through the best of times and worst of times, through the renewal of scientific optimism and humane politics, and through the. The most outstanding feature of this book is that here, for the first time, is made available in a single volume all the important historical essays Edgar Zilsel. Edgar Zilsel – – Philosophy of Science 8 (1) Collective Cognitive Processes Around Edgar Zilsel’s Epistemology of Mass Phenomena.

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Sign in Create an account. Kluwer Academic Publishers The most outstanding feature of this book is that here, for the first time, is made edgaf in a single volume all the important historical essays Edgar Zilsel published during WWII on the emergence of modern science.

This edition also contains one previously unpublished essay and an extended version of an essay published earlier.

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In these essays, Zilsel developed the now famous thesis, named after him, that science came into being when, in the late Middle Ages, the social barriers between the intellectuals and the artisans were eroded, due to the fact that the rapidly expanding commercial classes of that period had a keen interest in improvements in technology.

This class was city-based and stimulated a social environment in which men of learning came to regard the craftsmen and technicians with a new respect, in which they no longer felt any contempt for manual work and in which theory and practice were eventually combined to produce modern science.


This critical edition also carries a long introduction in which much new material about Zilsel’s life and work is presented. It suggests that a radical new look at Zilsel’s project needs to be taken. Zilsel’s essays on the history of science look like a standard case study to substantiate a particular position on the origins of modern science, but they were also an attempt to show that lawlike explanation in history and social theory is possible.

It is claimed that Zilsel’s historical essays were a part of another project he was working on which focused on the idea that social phenomena were open to causal explanation as much as physical phenomena.

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Hence the volume also contains the essays Zilsel wrote in relation to this other project. Previously there have been published a German and an Italian edition of the Zilsel essays.

This edition is the first in English; compared to the other two editions this one is the first that includes unpublished material and the first to undertake a serious effort to research Zilsel’s life and work. What is special about this volume is the well-articulated social perspective it takes on the origins of modern science.

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Matthias Schemmel – – Foundations of Science 19 1: The Material Memory of History: Edgar Zilsel’s Epistemology of Historiography.

Phenomenology and Natural Science. Edgar Zilsel – – Philosophy of Science 8 1: Purity and Power in Modern Knowledge. Robert Proctor – – Harvard University Press.


John Henry, Edgar Zilsel: The Social Origins of Modern Science – PhilPapers

Marxist Scholarship in the History of Science. Russell Olwell – – Science and Society 60 1: Science as Cultural Practice. History and Biological Evolution.

How to Tell Xilsel From Bunk. Massimo Pigliucci – – University of Chicago Press. Edgar Zilsel – – Philosophy of Science 7 1: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives. We Have Never Been Modern.

Bruno Latour – – Harvard University Press.

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