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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Relativism and the Illusion of Autonomy in Science 30 6. STS's Janus-faced Antirealism: Relativism versus Constructivism 35 7. Conclusion: So is Relativism the Wrong Target? 39 III Philosophy In, Of, and Beyond the Scientific Field Site ...
They continue to shoehorn STS positions into preconceived categories of "relativism," "antirealism," and even "skepticism." (This is the default strategy of even the more informed and sophisticated versions: e.g., Brown 2001.) ...
The growth of the field of STS is usually treated as a triumph for a relativist philosophical sensibility that has turned ... but it is also implicated in the modularized sense of "autonomy" that has informed philosophical relativism.
This robust academic posture is commonly known as relativism, the doctrine most commonly associated with the sociology of knowledge. As befits an academic stance, relativism does not envisage that the society under study will or should ...
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