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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While the Cold War's strong state-centered science policies kept alive what
remained of the classical ideal of science governed by a univocal sense of
rationality, objectivity and validity, the processes of decolonization presaged
cases is unproblematic because nothing that people are likely to do — including
scientific innovation itself – would undermine the society's foundations. Science
would simply enable each society to flourish according to its own political ideal.
Seen from the standpoint of the history of technology, science appears
paradoxical: while retaining the marks of its origins in a secularized Protestant
Christianity, science has managed to supplant local forms of epistemic
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