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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III Philosophy In, Of, and Beyond the Scientific Field Site 8. Making Philosophy Safe for STS: The Rise of the Underlaborer 9.
It is difficult to write a book about the philosophy of a field as resolutely disrespectful of academic philosophy as Science and Technology Studies.
It also explains why practicing scientists have frequently found the field vaguely threatening. However, their response has been too often like shooting the ...
... when an obscure American physicist, Alan Sokal, published an article designed expose what he regarded as the absurdities advanced by the field.
This field-defining conflict between the scientific and STS communities, introduced in the next chapter, forms the centerpiece of this book.
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