Narratives and Comparisons
Adversaries or Allies in Understanding Science?
Carrier, Martin (editor)
Mertens, Rebecca (editor)
Reinhardt, Carsten (editor)
As a powerful tool in the production of knowledge, comparing plays a crucial part in the sciences and the humanities. This volume explores the relationship between comparing and narrating in epistemic practices and clarifies the ways in which narratives enable or impede practices of comparing. It takes into account related activities, such as measuring and classifying, modeling, establishing norms and categories, as well as organizing and popularizing knowledge, to analyze the ambivalent relationship between narratives, scientific explanation, and understanding. The contributions bring out the epistemic role of narratives, and elucidate how narratives are connected to comparisons and scientific explanations.
KeywordsComparison; Narrative; Explanation; History of Science; History of Art; Science; Philosophy of Science; Sociology of Science; Literary Studies; Bielefeld University Press
ISBN9783839454152, 9783837654158, 9783839454152
PublisherBielefeld University Press
Publication date and place2021
History of science
Philosophy of science
Impact of science & technology on society