The Play of Nature: Experimentation as Performance
by Robert Crease
(Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Technology) (Hardcover)
"Crease's brilliantly exploited theatrical analogy places scientific theorizing back into the wider context of experimental inquiry...His is a genuinely original voice among those post-positivist philosophers of science whose star is clearly rising." - Robert C. Scharff. Attacking positivist and Kantian varieties of philosophy of science in which experimentation takes a backseat to theory, Robert P. Crease develops his conception of the centrality of experimentation via an argumentative analogy with theatrical performances. To establish his program, Crease draws on three nonpositivist strands of recent philosophy: Husserl's phenomenology to clarify the notion of invariance, Dewey's pragmatism to make needed revisions in our idea of productive inquiry, and Heidegger's hermeneutics to formulate a concept of interpretation appropriate to the cultural and historical 'lifeworld' in which members of a scientific community think and act."
Thanks to P. Auslander for having called my attention to this book.