CfP: Wittgenstein and the Sciences

 Commemorating 100 years of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and celebrating Wittgenstein’s philosophy 70 years after his death, the June 2021 edition of Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science will feature a special issue on Wittgenstein and the Sciences: History and Philosophy of Science and Science Education. The aim is to discuss, from a Wittgensteinian point of view, the different approaches to the history and philosophy of science as well as science education.

As we know, there are reflections on science, logic, and knowledge in Wittgenstein’s works such as Tractatus, Philosophical Investigations, and On Certainty. There are also more specific epistemological reflections in his writings on mathematics and psychology, and, of course, it is possible to think of sciences inspired by Wittgenstein’s perspective as important historians of science such as Kuhn and Shapin & Schaffer have demonstrated. We believe, therefore, that this issue dedicated to Wittgenstein and science is justified.

The expectation is that we will receive contributions that discuss all of these aforementioned possibilities and other similar topics such as Wittgenstein’s relationship with the thinking of other scientists and philosophers of science, and further the uses of Wittgenstein’s reflections on the epistemological approaches of different sciences or scientific theories. Moreover, we appreciate contributions reflecting on the use of Wittgenstein’s thought concerning epistemological problems of contemporary science as denialism and fragmentation, and the always urgent necessity of reflections on ethics and science.

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