New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies
Wiley, 2007 - 232 pages
Steve Fuller has a reputation for setting the terms of debate within science and technology studies. In his latest book, New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies he charts the debates likely to be of relevance in the coming years.
These questions are explored by examining an array of historical, philosophical and contemporary sources. Attention is paid, for example, to the Bruno Latour's The Politics of Nature as a model for science policy, as well as the global controversy surrounding Bjorn Lomborg's The Sceptical Environmentalist, which led to the dismantling and re-establishment of the Danish national research ethics board.
New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies will appeal strongly to scholars and advanced undergraduate and graduate students in courses concerned with the social dimensions of science and technology, and anyone who cares about the future of science.
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The rhetorical bottom line is that Wilson follows the lead of Galileo ( who wrote in
both the vulgar Italian and the scholarly Latin of his day ) in presuming that
sociobiological knowledge claims can be discussed openly in both specialist and
This very significant semantic transition is largely obscured in contemporary
analytic philosophical discussions of the a priori that still claim some pedigree
from Plato and Descartes , while trading on more recent naturalized conceptions
Consequently , constructivists blur philosophical distinctions that realists want
sharpened . In particular , realists draw a strong distinction between the contexts
of evaluating and applying knowledge claims , whereas constructivists treat the
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