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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Reducing (away) the philosophical component of reductionism Contemporary
defenses of the disunity of science like Galison's draw their inspiration from the
work of the philosopher, Ian Hacking, who came to the disunity thesis as an early
version of reductionism would be expressed in an esoteric language that may
even – as in the case of particle physics – refer to objects whose properties defy
common sense. Hacking clearly prefers the scientific to the philosophical attitude
Generally speaking, the unificationsts of most concern here (i.e. the positivists, or
philosophical reductionists) introduce a ... Recalling section 2.2, Hacking's
contrast between scientific and philosophical forms of reductionism is a version of
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