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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Kuhn's conception of scientific revolutions appeared radical in the late 1960s
because it was conflated with the then - prevalent Marxist idea of revolution as an
irreversible break with the past , something closer in spirit to Condorcet's original
According to the universalist conception , societies can expand indefinitely
without changing their fundamental nature , and many societies can share the
same fundamental nature , often by one imitating another . Constraints , such as
These two conceptions of irreversibility are reconcilable , but only once we alter
how we empirically mark progress in ... Perhaps Popper failed to appreciate the
tension in his conception of irreversibility because he was partly influenced by
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