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Cooperation in the Sciences: Remarks from the Perspective of an Historical Epistemology of Experimentation
Main contributor
Hans‐Jörg Rheinberger (Berlin)
The paper looks at forms of cooperation in the sciences from a historical perspective. The life sciences and molecular biology in particular will serve as a case in point. This fundamental area of biological research came into being around the middle of the twentieth century by a massive drive toward cooperation that can be located at least at two levels. One of these levels implies forms of interdisciplinary cooperation within laboratories. The other is constituted by international cooperations between laboratories. I will be looking at particular cases at these two levels or combinations thereof. In so doing, I will also discuss the relation between the local and the global that these forms of cooperation imply.

The main focus of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’s research lies in the history and epistemology of experimentation in the life sciences. By bridging the gap between the study of history and contemporary cutting-edge sciences, such as molecular biology, his work represents an example of transdisciplinarity as emerging in the present knowledge-based society. The Swiss-born scientist studied philosophy and biology in Tübingen and Berlin, Germany. He received his MA in philosophy in 1973, his PhD in biology in 1982, and his habilitation in molecular biology in 1987. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Lübeck, Germany, and Associate Professor at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Since 1997, he has been a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.Hans Jörg Rheinberger has been a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and of the Collegium Helveticum in Zürich. He is honorary professor at the Institute for Philosophy and History of Science of the Technical University Berlin, a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences, a member of the Leopoldina, the German Academy of Natural Scientists, and a doctor honoris causa at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
Cornelius Schubert
Keynote I
SFB 1187 Jahrestagung 2017
SFB 1187


1. Introduction: Cornelius Schubert 00:00:00 - 00:10:30
2. Hans‐Jörg Rheinberger (Berlin): Cooperation in the Sciences: Remarks from the Perspective of an Historical Epistemology of Experimentation 00:10:48 - 01:17:05