Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
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Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
|Type||Scientific research institute|
|Jürgen Renn and Dagmar Schäfer|
|Lorraine Daston and Jürgen Renn, founding directors|
|Max Planck Society|
The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (German: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte) is a scientific research institute founded in March 1994. It is dedicated to addressing fundamental questions of the history of knowledge from the Neolithic era to the present day, and its researchers pursue a historical epistemology in their study of how new categories of thought, proof, and experience have emerged in interactions between the sciences and their ambient cultures.
The MPIWG comprises two departments and several independent research groups. The departments are:
- "Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge," directed by Jürgen Renn; and
- "Artifacts, Action, Knowledge," directed by Dagmar Schäfer.
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