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, ...
But perhaps the best sign of the field's institu- tionalization is its recognition as a subject area in the latest (2001) edition of the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (IESBS).
Moreover, STS has learned — perhaps too well — from its discoveries of how other sciences have managed to establish a larger social presence. Most blatantly, STS journals enjoy what scientometricians call "high impact factors" as a ...
Among the founders of modern sociology, the Italian political economist Vilfredo Pareto was perhaps clearest about the "non-logical," or "arational," status of the forms of knowledge eligible for sociological ...
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