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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... deaf to the normative implications of its analyses, especially as they might sound to the people they normally write about, i.e., the scientists.
... analytic philosophers are easily typecast as myth-makers whose normative theories of rationality obscure the empirical character of scientific practice; ...
Indeed, drawing from their own original normative resources, feminist- and technology-studies practitioners have been among the most penetrating critics of ...
The main historical reasons have pertained to the normative organization of society, especially against what may be regarded as “natural” (in the sense of ...
... normal thought processes (or “logic,” understood as normative psychology) ... The sociology of knowledge finds itself in a peculiar normative position.
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