Figural Co-Production

Unexpected Receptions of the History of Science


  • María de los Ángeles Martini University of Buenos Aires - National University of Moreno



Figural Co-Production, Historiography of the Sciences in Argentina, Narrativist Philosophy of History, Testimony,


The aim of this article is to provide a critical revision of the notion of “reception” of academic works in general and of the histories of the sciences in particular. This will broaden the scope of the notion in a way that can include the new and unexpected receptions of the history of science in Latin America. To achieve this, I propose the concept of “figural co-production”, which I understand as a set of situated practices where the available cultural resources are appropriated, and that allows for productive interactions between heterogeneous collectives that aim for the configuration of knowledge. This theoretical proposal enables me to analyze Verónica Tozzi Thompson’s appropriation of the works of Steven Shapin and Martin Kusch in her pragmatist approach to the philosophy of history. This appropriation, I contend, can be seen as a case of reception of the shapinian history of science in Argentina.


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Martini, María de los Ángeles. 2021. “Figural Co-Production: Unexpected Receptions of the History of Science”. Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science, no. 11 (December).