A critical account of the case for historicism from Popper to Foucault, this volume, originally published in 1989, shows the viability of an historicist account of knowledge by replying to traditional objections and the need for defenses of realism and reference at the heart of most alternatives to historicism. The book provides insights to those in philosophy as well as literary criticism, intellectual history, history of science, and cultural criticism.
‘This book is a valuable work synthesizing some of the major thinkers of the 20th century on the subject of historical and scientific knowledge. For historians, philosophers and scientists it is an admirably clear introduction to a difficult but important topic.’ David Gross, University of Colorado
1. Prophecy 2. Situational Logic 3. Conceptual Schemes 4. Rational Reconstruction 5. Historical A Priori 6. Objective Knowledge 7. Transcendental Turn. Conclusion