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.
... Conflict and Jurisdictional Ambiguity 72 IV "Postmodern Positivism": STS by Another Name? 79 14. Platonism as Proto-Positivism 79 15. The Dialectical History of Positivism 82 16. Postmodernism as Positivism's Bastard Child 88 17.
Postmodernism as Positivism's Bastard Child 88 17. Motivating the Science Wars: The Politics of Popularizing and Esotericizing Science 93 18. The Elusive "Spontaneous Philosophy of the Scientists" Defended in the Science Wars 98 19.
In this respect, the legacy of A. J. Ayer's positivist best seller, Language, Truth and Logic (1936), lives on. Analytic philosophers hone this mind-set by trying their arguments in the company of students who together beat the ...
In this and other respects, STS resembles no other philosophical movement so much as positivism, which explains the repeated attention I draw to what many (mistakenly) regard as a closed chapter in the history of Western thought.
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 ...