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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A studious non-normativity that in an earlier generation would have been called "neutral" is now called "symmetrical," routinely allowing STS to elude ...
Indeed, the leading so-called theory in STS, "actor-network theory," is best seen as a sensitizing device — an "instrument ...
Instead I have focused on topics and claims that arise specifically from the self-understanding of the field called "Science and Technology Studies.
It is what the political economist Fred Hirsch (1976) originally called a "positional good" (Fuller 2002a, chap. 3). Progressive thinkers from JohnStuart ...
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