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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Science as a Special Problem for the Sociology of Knowledge 14 3. Kuhn's Checkered Legacy to STS 21 4. The Punch Line: A Sociology of Science that is not a Sociology of Knowledge 28 5. Relativism and the Illusion of Autonomy in Science ...
If science has a public relations problem, it is not due to public hostility or even indifference to science. Rather, it would seem that science is being taken off its pedestal and shifted to some other place in our culture.
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, ...
However, studying the systematic pursuit of knowledge itself, or science, poses special reflexive problems, which STS has tried studiously but unsuccessfully to avoid. Symbolic of this failure are the ongoing Science Wars in which the ...
Science as a Special Problem for the Sociology of Knowledge The sociology of knowledge finds itself in a peculiar normative position. Is its object of inquiry — organized resistance to the environment — to be valorized or pathologized?