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Hacking, Ian (1936–)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DD3604-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 2021
Retrieved July 17, 2024, from

Article Summary

Ian Hacking (born in 1936, Vancouver, British Columbia) is most well-known for his work in the philosophy of the natural and social sciences, but his contributions to philosophy are broad, spanning many areas and traditions. In his detailed case studies of the development of probabilistic and statistical reasoning, Hacking pioneered the naturalistic approach in the philosophy of science. Hacking’s research on social constructionism, transient mental illnesses, and the looping effect of the human kinds make use of historical materials to shed light on how developments in the social, medical, and behavioural sciences have shaped our contemporary conceptions of identity and agency. Hacking’s other contributions to philosophy include his work on the philosophy of mathematics (Hacking, 2014), philosophy of statistics, philosophy of logic, inductive logic (Hacking, 1965, 1979, 2001) and natural kinds (Hacking, 1991, 2007a).

Citing this article:
Reijula, Samuli. Hacking, Ian (1936–), 2021, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD3604-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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