Suppose the subject is nutrition. Is there a word for the history of the study of nutrition? Or the history of the study of a science for that matter? I thought it was one of those epi-ology words like epistemology but I was way off.

You know how if you go to a Wikipedia page on any of the natural or social sciences, they'll have a "History" section. Is there a better word for that?

  • Maybe because it's not such an important concept, it doesn't have a name. Oct 20 '13 at 18:36
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    One difficulty is that history of the study of X is not the same as the study of the history of X and the latter is more likely to have a name.
    – Andrew Leach
    Oct 20 '13 at 19:24
  • It is normally called the history of science/philosophy/etc. in university courses. As Barrie says below, historiography has its own word. But not many other names of sciences allow -graphy to be attached. You could say meta-science, which would be the "science of science", as in studying the practice of science in a scientific way, but that one's iffy, let alone with other words. Oct 20 '13 at 20:06
  • I guess I'll just go with history of science for now.
    – Jason
    Oct 20 '13 at 20:07

The study of history writing is historiography, so you want to might try and work on that.

  • The historiography of nutrition history?
    – WS2
    Oct 20 '13 at 21:13

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