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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In what follows, it should become clear that I regard STS as a vocation that is also a vehicle for social transformation. My own project of social epistemology presupposes just such an image of STS (Fuller and Collier 2004).
STS is primarily represented in English by the journals, Social Studies of Science, Science, Technology and Human ... In most general terms, my project of social epistemology aims to recover and extend the ground common to 8 • The ...
epistemology aims to recover and extend the ground common to the Enlightenment, positivism, and postmodernism — three movements that are typically seen as centrifiigally related to one another. In short, I am a social constructiv- ist ...
This ambivalence has persisted through the history of the field, culminating in Berger and Luckmann's The Social ... (1938) to Larry Laudan (1977) divided the intellectual labor between the epistemology and the sociology of knowledge.
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