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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Its actual results have been mixed, with every new breakthrough quickly becoming a source of more problems. Yet, people continue to believe — and perhaps they should. But in any case, it is not clear what is to be gained by ignoring, ...
... they believe in common about the world. To be sure, STS has convinced many younger philosophers of science of this point-of-view. They are the self- described "underlaborers" in the philosophy of physics, biology, etc., ...
In short, I am a social constructiv- ist who still believes in the possibility of universal human progress, even though this goal cannot be underwritten by appeals to human nature, a priori knowledge, or any other backward-looking ...
... who in a popular book first published in the 1930s explained the discovery of the syphilis vaccine in terms of "thought collectives" that many believe anticipated Thomas Kuhn's (1970) influential concept of "paradigms.
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