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Scherer, Heinrich, Critica quadri partita, in qua plura recens inventa, et emendata circa geographiae artificium, historiam, technicam, et astrologiam scitu dignissima explicantur, 1710
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Dept. I

Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge

Director Jürgen Renn

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The work of Department I is dedicated to understanding the historical processes of structural changes in systems of knowledge. This goal comprises the reconstruction of central cognitive structures of scientific thinking, the study of the dependence of these structures on their experiential basis and on their cultural conditions, and the study of the interaction between individual thinking and institutionalized systems of knowledge. This theoretical program of an historical epistemology is the common core of the different investigations and research projects pursued and planned by the department.

Department I understands its research program of a historical epistemology as contributing to an evolutionary history of knowledge but also to the reflectivity of present science and its institutions. The emphasis lies on macro-studies in order to enable the identification of large-scale structures of knowledge development in social, technological, and cultural contexts. Approaches, methods, and objects of inquiry are taken from a large array of disciplines, ranging from the history and philosophy of science, technology and art, via the cognitive sciences and linguistics, to archeology, Middle Eastern studies, classics, sinology, indology, sociology, to physics, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and other natural sciences.

Research Themes

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Global Perspectives of Knowledge
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The Long-term Evolution of Mechanical Knowledge
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Rethinking Basic Science
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Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene
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Cosmological Knowledge
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Historical Theories of Knowledge
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Digital and Computational History of Science
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News & Press

Dieter Hoffmann in der Tagesspiegel on the 150th anniversary of Fritz Haber's birth

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Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow Benjamin Steininger publishes on fossil fuels in Die Zeit

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Jürgen Renn, Christoph Rosol, Benjamin Steininger, and Robert Schlögl publish on Anthropocene in Nature

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Publications

Mediathek

Max Planck Partner Group

Transmission and Interactions in Chinese Modern Physics
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