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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... empirical inquiries ( e.g. , Sismondo 2004 , but already criticized in Turner 1994 ) . From the STS side , it looks as if the bulk of philosophers who remain resolutely " philosophical " discourage any constructive work by Introduction⚫ 5.
... empirical or practical conse- quences . While philosophers and STS researchers have a keen eye for one another's flaws , the difference between them is such that philosophers are much less motivated than STS researchers to tell their ...
... empirical dog . To their Machiavellian credit , STS researchers have remained diplomatic on this point . Latour is the grand master of this strategy , having ridden successive waves of French philosophical fash- ion - most noticeably ...
... -1970s from two sources, one conceptual and one empirical, which together formed the basis of STS. The conceptual challenge turned on the definition of science used Science as a Special Problem for the Sociology of Knowledge.
... empirical research pro- gram . But the story is much more complicated . This chapter begins by exam- ining the philosophical reasons for studying knowledge sociologically . The main historical reasons have pertained to the normative ...