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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... in the run-up to "the great debate" between Alan Sokal and STS's most illustrious champion, Bruno Latour, at the London School of Economics.
... but now transferred to a world in which the risk of nuclear war had been replaced by the uncertainty of the marketplace (Latour 1987, Callon 1998).
... to reassure bien pensant readers that nothing in the pages of, say, Bloor (1976) or Latour (1987) had not been already laid to rest in Epistemology 101.
Latour is the grand master of this strategy, having ridden successive waves of French philosophical fashion — most noticeably from Serres to Deleuze — while ...
... position on the development of STS can turn to the semi-autobiographical Fuller (2000e) or the transcript of my own debate with Latour (Barron 2003).