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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Fuller, Steve, 1959The philosophy of science and technology studies / Steve Fuller. p. cm. ... Science--Philosophy--Social aspects--History--20th century. 2. ... Social sciences-Philosophy--History--20th century. I. Title. Q174.8.
We apply the theories and methods of the humanities and social sciences to the work of natural scientists and technologists. We study them as people, not minor deities. We observe them in their workplaces, interpret their documents, ...
Writing as a long-standing member of the STS community, I am not surprised. STS research has been mainly devoted to studying the means by which science and technology are insinuated in larger social and material processes, ...
Moreover, STS has learned—perhaps too well—from its discoveries of how other sciences have managed to establish a larger social presence. Most blatantly, STS journals enjoy what scientometricians call “high impact factors” as a result ...
It was through this field that the quarter-century-old culture wars against postmodernism were upgraded into the Science Wars. STS is primarily represented in English by the journals, Social Studies ofScience, Science, Technology and ...
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