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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A better strategy begins by trying to understand them. And that's where STS enters the picture. The opening twelve paragraphs are a slightly edited version of an article I wrote defending the honor of STS in debate with the science ...
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 ...
(This is the default strategy of even the more informed and sophisticated versions: e.g., Brown 2001.) This form of collective denial is historically familiar as the standard philosophical response to disciplinary specialization.
Latour is the grand master of this strategy, having ridden successive waves of French philosophical fashion — most noticeably from Serres to Deleuze — while maintaining the empirical high ground. Generally speaking, STS prefers to play ...
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