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 fundamental question for any metaphysical scheme is how to map the first
dimension onto the second : which apparent objects are abstract and which are
concrete ? Except in extreme forms of Platonism , abstract objects typically
of cognitive development might have , namely , a world populated by objects
moved by ghosts . ... suggest - that there is a fixed amount of agency in the world ,
such that the more objects that possess it , the less of it each object possesses .
In the former orientation , the child treats objects as having a found order , or “
natural place , ” and thus will maneuver around them so as not to cause a
disturbance . In the latter , the child realizes that the objects can be moved from
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