The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies
Routledge, 2013 M10 18 - 208 pages
As the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has become more established, it has increasingly hidden its philosophical roots. While the trend is typical of disciplines striving for maturity, Steve Fuller, a leading figure in the field, argues that STS has much to lose if it abandons philosophy.
In his characteristically provocative style, he offers the first sustained treatment of the philosophical foundations of STS and suggests fruitful avenues for further research. With stimulating discussions of the Science Wars, the Intelligent Design Theory controversy, and theorists such as Donna Haraway and Bruno Latour, Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies is required reading for students and scholars in STS and the philosophy of science.
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Kuhn's Checkered Legacy to STS 4. The Punch Line: A Sociology of Science that is not a Sociology of Knowledge 5. Relativism and the Illusion of Autonomy in Science 6. STS's Janus-faced Antirealism: Relativism versus Constructivism 7.
I focus on the role played by STS's preference for Thomas Kuhn over Karl Mannheim as a source of both normative orientation and sociological imagination. The result, quite unwittingly from Kuhn's own standpoint, has rendered STS a ...
While the Fleck-Kuhn connection is somewhat tenuous, a clear legacy of the French tradition has been the “anthropologization” of the sociology of science, starting in the 1970s, especially through Latour and Woolgar (1986), ...
Thomas Kuhn—still the philosopher of choice in public understandings of science—ill equips us to address this ... It has led the field to embrace the Kuhnian image of normal science, which has in turn disabled it from seeing the ...
Here the extended legacy of the Vienna Circle—including Carnap, Popper, and to a large extent Kuhn—provides an instructive point of reference. In most general terms, the Vienna Circle regarded conceptual frameworks in a generally ...
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