SVIBOR - Project code: 6-01-028


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Project code: 6-01-028


Main researcher: SUPEK, IVAN (47695)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 12/31/94.

Papers on project (total): 0
Institution name: Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti, Zagreb (101)
Department/Institute: Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science Department for the Philosophy of Science
Address: Ante Kovačića 5
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0)41 449-093
Phone: 385 (0)41 449-374
Phone: 385 (0)41 440-124
Fax: 385 (0)41 449-378

Summary: The project is concerned with the humanistic philosophy, with the development of genealogical model of growth of science, with the role of metaphor in the everyday and scientific language, and with the consequences to concept of rationality, all in lines with postpositivistic trends in the philosophy of science and our own insights into the meaning of a human act. Study of Aristotle's understanding of relation between theoretical and practical philosophy, and in this context, some aspects of Bošković's philosophy, is going to be finished by inquiry of Aristotle's and modern theories of meaning.

Keywords: science and technology studies, humanistic philosophy, genealogical model of scientific change, genealogy of science, metaphorical meaning, literal meaning, rationality, subjectivity, theoretical philosophy, practical philosophy

Research goals: The beginnings of the science are closely connected with thephilosophy, and the proper investigation of the history ofscience is impossible without taking into considerationinfluences of philosophy. But, to the same extent was the character of philosophy shaped by the growth of science. Today's philosophyof science, in contrast to the past neopositivistic schools,inclines to the conviction that in founding theory of scienceconstant appeal to the insights in development of science isrequired. The postpositivistic age of the philosophy of sciencejust enjoies the fruits of that "historic turn". In the realm of the philosophy of history of science, that is to say, in explaining the growth of science, the failure ofall available models is observed - socio-psychological as well asthe evolutionary-biological. In the realm of the philosophy of language, especiallyscientific language, it's metaphoricity is revealed. In thebroader sense, the role and significance of the extra-logicalthinking (visual, metaphorical) is examined. In the light of described "historic turn" in the philosophyof science, there is obvious need for a new theory of scientificknowledge, which, as an interdisciplinary enterprise, necessarilytakes into account the results of science and its history.Science as a phenomenon is approached from different sides, andresults so obtained are synthetizied. The aim of the research is the enhancement of understandingof science, of mechanism of it's growth, and of relations betweenscience and it's intellectual and historical context. Primarygoal of this investigation is a broadening of the philosophicalknowledge and possible application of that knowledge in thescientific practice. And last but not least, correctunderstanding of science is necessary for right science policyand for defining the place and role of science in the education,cultural policy, and the society in general.


  1. Name of institution: Zentrum Philosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie Universitat Konstanz
    Type of institution: University/Faculty
    City: Konstanz, Njemačka

  2. Name of institution: Center for the Study of Science in Society Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Type of institution: Economical/Production
    City: 7 - Blacksburg, SAD

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