chapter  I
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The Place of Science

WithA. Cornelius Benjamin

One may attempt to determine the nature of science by examining human activity as a whole and pointing out the place which science occupies in this total experience. The world is temporal. Being temporal, it permits us, first, to describe its succession of changes, i.e. to write its history; it permits us, secondly, to isolate cross sections, i.e. to portray its science; it permits us, thirdly, to abstract its enduring features, i.e. to reveal its philosophy. The possibility of disciplines which study disciplines results in a history of science, a history of philosophy, and a history of history, as well as in a science of history, a science of philosophy, and a science of science. In fact there may even be such disciplines as the philosophy, of the history of science, or the history of the history of philosophy.