To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing (in 2014), this special book features studies on Alexandre Koyré (1892-1964), one of the most influential historians of science of the 20th century, who re-evaluated prevalent thinking on the history and philosophy of science. In particular, it explores Koyré's intellectual matrix and heritage within interdisciplinary fields of historical, epistemological and philosophical scientific thought. Koyré is rightly noted as both a versatile historian on the birth and development of modern science and for his interest in philosophical questions on the nature of scientific knowledge. In the 1940s and 1950s his activities in the United States established a crucial bridge between the European historical tradition of science studies and the American academic environments, and an entire generation of historians of science grew up under his direct influence. The book brings together contributions from leading experts in the field, and offers much-needed insights into the subject from historical, nature of science, and philosophical perspectives. It provides an absorbing and revealing read for historians, philosophers and scientists alike.
Prof. Dr. Raffaele Pisano is a Professor, CIREL, Lille 3 University, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. His fields of research and teaching include: history of physics, theoretical physics, historical epistemology of science, history of mathematical physics, comparative, NoS, history and didactics of science.
Prof. Dr. Joseph Agassi is an Emeritus Professor of Tel-Aviv University, Israel and York University, Toronto, Canada. His fields of research and teaching include: philosophy of science, theoretical physics, sociology, mathematical physics, foundations of science, psychology, and anthropology.
Dr. Daria Drozdova is a Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation. Her fields of research and teaching include: philosophy of science and history of early modern science.
Chapter 1. Alexandre Koyré: His Secret Charm.-
Chapter 2. Homage to Koyré: Space as Paradigmatic Example of "The Unity of Human Thought".-
Chapter 3. The Philosophers and the Machine": Philosophy of Mathematics and History of Science in Alexandre Koyré.-
Chapter 4. Koyré and Galileo: the Myth of the Leaning Tower's Scientific Experiment.-
Chapter 5. On Galileo's Platonism, Again.-
Chapter 6. Alexandre Koyré and Blaise Pascal.-
Chapter 7. Koyré Revolutionary Role in the Historiography of Science.-
Chapter 8. Alexandre Koyré's Essential Features of the Scientific Revolution.-
Chapter 9. Koyré, Cassirer and History of Science.-
Chapter 10. Alexandre Koyré and the History of Science as a Species of the History of Philosophy: The Cases of Galileo and Descartes .-Chapter 11. ls Descartes' Theological Voluntarism Compatible with His Philosophy?.-
Chapter 12. The Posterity of Koyré's Galileo Studies.-
Chapter 13. Alexandre Koyré, Kepler's Reader without Prejudices. Harmony of the World, Music of the Heavens.-
Chapter 14. The History between Koyré and Husserl.-
Chapter 15. Kuhn, Sarton and the History of Science.-
Chapter 16. On the Conceptualization of Force in Johannes Kepler's Corpus: an Interplay between Physics, Mathematics and Metaphysics.-
Chapter 17. Koyré versus Olschki-Zilsel.-
Chapter 18. Alexandre Koyré, History and Actuality.-
Chapter 19. The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Following Koyré: the Young Tom Kuhn, 'Critical Historian', on Tradition Dynamics and Big History.-
Chapter 20. Alexandre Koyré and the Traditional Interpretation of the Anthropological Consequences of the Copernican Revolution.-
Chatper 21. Koyré as a Historian of Religion and the New French Phenomenology.