The Role and Influence of Georges Sarton in the Philosophy of Science

The Role and Influence of Georges Sarton in the Philosophy of Science

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Georges Sarton was the founder of the systematic study of the history of science. Today, his journal Isis, is still the most important publication on the subject.

Many of his writings on the history of science contain interesting philosophical thought, some of those thoughts might precede the great ideas and arguments of say, Popper, Kuhn, Feyerabend. 

Sarton was not a philosopher and he believed that a scientist should stick to his and her domain of expertise. Bearing that in mind it is not the intent of this study to  discredit in any way the contributions of scientific philosofers of the 20th century. Nonetheless it is not improbable that Sarton had an important influence on them. It is that influence that this study will search for, and if any, investigate to what extend it reached. 

What better homage to this great man than to find out if he had an additional historical role in the evolution of the scientific thought.