chapter  10
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Early continental philosophy of science

During the years leading up to and a er 1890-1930, the continental conception of science had a far broader scope than the anglophone notion of science today. Even today, the German term Wissenscha embraces not only the natural and the social sciences, including economics,1 but also the full panoply of the so-called humanities, including the theoretical study of art and theology, both important in the nineteenth century for, among other things, the formation of the life sciences.2 Philosophy itself was also counted as a science and was, in its phenomenological articulation, nothing less than the science of scienti c origins or “original science” – the “Urwissenscha ” – as Martin Heidegger de ned it in 1919,3 following his own intensive engagement with Edmund Husserl’s Logical Investigations.