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 looming problem here is how to establish a credibly neutral basis for
demarcating science in a society whose sense of the universal is always ,
perhaps radically , in flux . The solution favored by the logical positivists - namely
, criteria that ...
The historical intuition behind this vision is that the special sciences have
successively spun off from their original basis in philosophy by " disciplining ”
inquiries that had been previously subject to unresolvable metaphysical or
To be sure , these tasks required the acquisition of new knowledge , but of a
more specific , “ policy - relevant ” sort , gathered on a " need - to - know ” basis ,
certainly not for the purpose of establishing a self - perpetuating academic
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