REVIEW ARTICLE THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH ANITA GUERRINI Department of History University of California, Santa Barbara Shapin, Steven, A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Cen- tury England (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994) XXXI, 483 pp. US$29.95 (cloth) ISBN: 0 26 75018 3 Apart from its other merits, Steven Shapin's Social History of Truth is undoubtedly the only topic upon which Mordechai Feingold and Margaret Jacob have ever expressed agreement. Their re- views of Shapin's book, as well as others, compose the topic of this essay. These reviews give a sense of where the historiography of early modern science is (you will notice I did not say Scientific Revolution) and where it seems to be going. In many ways, early modern science formed the basis of the history of science as a dis- cipline. Now it is the battleground for conflicting views of what the history of science should be as it enters its second century as a dis- cipline. Despite some conciliatory words in the past few years on the old internalist-externalist dichotomy in the historiography of science, in the very title of his book Steven Shapin appears to throw down the gauntlet in
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