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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Moreover, this epistemic asymmetry – whereby the causes appeared to be so
much better known than the effects – was exacerbated by the followers of these
philosophers, who practiced a “politics of fate” that read history as destiny.
As the primary medium of persuasion shifted from speech to writing, autonomy
was increasingly secured by methodical forms of ventriloquism, whereby one's
own voice would be “thrown” to agents that provided “independent” corroboration
Still more pervasive is “corporate environmentalism,” whereby industries adopt
eco-friendly practices that involve the exploitation of human labor, if not its
outright unemployment (Hoffman 1997). Such global strategies neglect the basic
fact of ...
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