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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Does Research Fraud Matter? Reflections on the Sokal Hoax as a Social Experiment 102 20. What Should Have Been Done About Sokal? What Can Be Done About Positivism? 1 08 V Re-enchanting Science: Beyond Puritans and Gnostics 115 21.
The scientific community has a characteristic way of handling the matter. The expression "public understanding of science" sums it Introduction: The Conspicuous Absence of Philosophy from Science and Technology Studies.
the matter. The expression "public understanding of science" sums it up. The underlying idea is that, when it comes to science, to know it is to love it. Therefore, any dissatisfaction with science must be the result of ignorance.
A subtler strategy — the one criticized in this book — is for STS to limit severely, if not outright eliminate, the role of philosophy in its interdisciplinary practice. If we insist on discussing STS matters in conceptual or abstract ...
However, it was not long before a trade-off between the distribution of knowledge and the production of power was realized: The more who know, the less it matters. Knowledge only seems to beget ...