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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It is worth recalling that according to the Saussurean linguistics on which
Foucault's history of knowledge systems drew , words correspond , in the first
instance , to conceptual not empirical objects . Nevertheless , it is easy to elide
Sociology has always struggled with its status as both an empirical and a
normative discipline , an ambiguity preserved in the meaning of “ social
engineering , ” which as Max Weber keenly realized , mixed empirical means and
What STS lacks is a unity of purpose , a clear sense of how its empirical work is ,
indeed , an application - or , still better , a test – of its theories . My concern with
this absence of unity may strike you as a regrettable modernist hang - up .
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