New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies
Wiley, 2007 M10 1 - 240 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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Unlike the original 19th-century visions of science advanced by positivists,
idealists, and Marxists, Kuhn's account portrayed the course of organized inquiry
as not merely autonomous but, more importantly, detached from larger socio-
especially concerned with discriminating science from religion, religion was the
least of the positivists' original concerns in the 1920s. and 1930s (Hacohen 2000:
ch. 5: cf. La Follette 1983). Rather, their main examples of “pseudoscience” ...
To be sure, the autonomy of the social from the biological sciences has been also
spurred by the rediscovery and continuation of Gregor Mendel's original work in
genetic inheritance, against which social scientists often defined their research ...
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