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The Scenes of InquiryOn the Reality of Questions in the Sciences$
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Nicholas Jardine

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250395

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250395.001.0001

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Legitimation and History

Legitimation and History

(p.121) 6 Legitimation and History
The Scenes of Inquiry

Nicholas Jardine

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with strategies of legitimation that can be used to promote and defend practices. These strategies have a huge role in all scientific disciplines in securing compliance with new methods and continued adherence to old ones. The discussion highlights the diversity of different types of legitimation operative in the sciences: appeal to interests; norms of logic and epistemology; authority; literary and aesthetic sensibilities; and exemplary successes. The chapter goes on to point out the relevance of writing about the history of disciplines as a main context for the various types of legitimation.

Keywords:   strategies of legitimation, compliance with methods, adherence, appeal to interests, authority, writing, history of discipline, epistemology

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