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Indiana University Bloomington

Noretta Koertge


Noretta Koertge received a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1955 and 1956, respectively, and a Ph.D. in philosophy of science at the University of London, Chelsea College, where she studied with Heinz Post and Karl Popper.

She is former editor of the journal Philosophy of Science. Currently she is editor in chief of the New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, which will appear in 2007.

She has research interests in scientific methodology, the development of science, ethical and value issues in science, and critiques of feminist perspectives on science. Other interests include the philosophy and history of chemistry, philosophy of social science, and history of sexuality.

Professor Koertge has published numerous anthologies and articles in the philosophy of science, including:

  • "Galileo and the Problem of Accidents." Journal of the History of Ideas 1977
  • "Lakatos and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes." Pragmatik 1995
  • A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths about Science 1998
  • Scrutinizing Feminist Epistemology 2003
  • Scientific Values and Civic Virtues 2005