Historiography of the Scientific Revolution in Reference to select titles

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One of my most valuable tools for research was Floris Cohen’s The Scientific Revolution: A Historiographical Inquiry (University of Chicago Press, 1994). This book amounted to the foundation of my research and was my main resource utilized for analysis because it detailed a comprehensive investigation on all written material regarding the Scientific Revolution from the beginning stages to more recent historical interpretations. Cohen elaborated on several key issues that were relevant topics throughout the entire Scientific Revolution that early historians contributed to.

These terms associated with the Scientific Revolution were intended to fit the descriptions of different historians to record how cultures or theories have been interpreted through time. The Scientific Revolution as an event saw the transformation of magical traditions to more practical and rationale methods of interpreting why certain theories or events transpired. Cohen described hermeticist or hermeticism as records that were reconstructed during the 17th century by historians and scientists. The development of Hermeticism in relation to the Scientific Revolution broadened historical horizons because this event called for “…Historians to think scientist’s thoughts after him, or continuous development.” Early social events, theories, and developments of the Scientific Revolution shaped how this period of history would be explored, interpreted, and recorded during specific eras.

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Initial depictions of the Scientific Revolution from scientists and historians conveyed a common view that societies would benefit from the discoveries of medicine because of the medical breakthroughs to potentially save and ex...

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Shapere, Dudley. “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.” The Philosophical Review 73, no. 3 (Jul., 1964): 383-94. Accessed March 11, 2014. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2183664.

Shelley, M., ed. Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration. Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2006. Accessed May 11, 2014. http://encyclopine.org/en/Empiricism.

Stone, Lawrence. “Prosopography.” Daedalus 100, no. 1 (1971): 46-79. Accessed May 3, 2014.http://www.jstor.org/stable/20023990.

Vernon, Richard. “Auguste Comte and 'Development': A Note.” History and Theory 17, no. 3 (1978): 323-26. Accessed May 14, 2014. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2504743.

Wertz, S.K. “Hume and the Historiography of Science.” Journal of the History of Ideas 54, no. 3 (1993): 411-36. Accessed May 16, 2014. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2710021.

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  • Analyzes carolyn merchant's feminist view regarding the scientific revolution and how cohen depicted the harmful and long-term effects from the exploitation of certain aspects of science.
  • Explains that the royal society played an integral part in the development of the scientific revolution. the study of prosopography led to the continued adaption of theories by scientists throughout history.
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