File feyerabend/feyerabend.0601, message 9

Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 15:09:47 +0000
Subject: Re: [PKF] Introduction/Hello

On 1/27/06, Cédric Foellmi <> wrote:
> I think that epistemology is of great importance for science, but I
> am rather surprised and interested by the fact that, as far as I can
> tell (correct me if I'm wrong!), the people that actively think about
> science (the epistemologists) are not the ones who actually produce
> the science itself. My main concern in this is the lowered
> importance, I think, that is given to the role of measurements. Maybe
> it is an old question, and I'm sorry for that. I never really found
> an active place where to discuss these matters.

Which "people that actively think about science" do you have in mind, Cédric?
It has often been the case that the most active philosophers of science are
the scientists themselves, particularly those troubled by the philosophical
implications of their work (the physicists of the turn of the twentieth
century being perhaps the best example). It may be that the level of
epistemological discussion differs across scientific disciplines, with
astrophysics (or at least your experience of it) not necessarily being
representative; after all, the philosophy of biology seems to be going
strong with increasing political relevance.

What did you mean about the "lowered importance [of] the role of

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