Dispensing with the Fixed Point: Scientific Law as Historical Event

Hayden White's tropes of the imagination purport to give the historian the vantage point from which the historical object can be stabilized and eventually understood. Ludwik Fleck, a scientist, found that all scientific, all creative thinking is a highly figurative procedure, a complex weaving together of a conversation of voices from past traditions, historical and mythical, as well as voices from the present. The fixed or the real or the unrelevatized can always be shown to be a construction, if one moves to another vantage point. Some of the best scientific thinking, such as Einstein's and Heisenberg's, has been done by those who dispensed with the necessity of a fixed epistemological vantage point. White's discourse analysis cannot claim to be a fixed point from which the other texts are formalized.