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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It is difficult to write a book about the philosophy of a field as resolutely disrespectful of academic philosophy as Science and Technology Studies. Luckily, philosophy's most astute and potent allies are often found outside the ...
In the last quarter century, STS has come into its own as an academic field. It now sports its own professional societies, journals, handbooks, degree programs — not to mention funding streams and cross-disciplinary gurus like Latour ...
A form of academic careerism? Revenge for past academic disappointments? One long inside joke? A vehicle for social transformation? In what follows, it should become clear that I regard STS as a vocation that is also a vehicle for ...
The academic response has been more muted but, for better or worse, more lasting. ... This robust academic posture is commonly known as relativism, the doctrine most commonly associated with the sociology of knowledge.