The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies
Routledge, 2013 M10 18 - 208 pages
As the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has become more established, it has increasingly hidden its philosophical roots. While the trend is typical of disciplines striving for maturity, Steve Fuller, a leading figure in the field, argues that STS has much to lose if it abandons philosophy.
In his characteristically provocative style, he offers the first sustained treatment of the philosophical foundations of STS and suggests fruitful avenues for further research. With stimulating discussions of the Science Wars, the Intelligent Design Theory controversy, and theorists such as Donna Haraway and Bruno Latour, Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies is required reading for students and scholars in STS and the philosophy of science.
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Such a conclusion is most naturally aligned with the neo-liberal political economy in which STS is largely conducted, but it is also implicated in the modularized sense of "autonomy" that has informed philosophical relativism.
It is what the political economist Fred Hirsch (1976) originally called a "positional good" (Fuller 2002a, chap. 3). Progressive thinkers from JohnStuart Mill to Karl Marx embraced this conclusion as an invitation to challenge received ...
For Mannheim (1936), the paradigmatic vehicle of social knowledge was the political party, which projected an "ideology" or a "utopia," depending on whether the party's ideal society was located in the past or the future, respectively.
Are tribal religions and political ideologies instances of thought operating at a standard, as it were, "above" or "below" that of normal reasoning? Are they vocations or manias? The two sociology of knowledge traditions are themselves ...
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