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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Acknowledgments ix I Introduction: The Conspicuous Absence of Philosophy from Science and Technology Studies 1 II The Sociology of Knowledge: The Philosophical Backdrop to STS 11 1. Philosophical Foundations and Main Sociological ...
Positivism figures initially in the next chapter as part of a general treatment of how STS transforms traditional themes in the sociology of knowledge and the philosophy of science. In chapter 3, 1 examine in more detail the ...
Nevertheless, there is something quite serious at stake — and worth arguing about — that these pages endeavor to reveal. II The Sociology of Knowledge: The Philosophical Backdrop to STS Introduction • 9.
Sociology. of. Knowledge: The. Philosophical. Backdrop. to. STS. The growth of the field of STS is usually treated as a triumph for a relativist philosophical sensibility that has turned itself into an empirical research program.
This robust academic posture is commonly known as relativism, the doctrine most commonly associated with the sociology of knowledge. As befits an academic stance, relativism does not envisage that the society under study will or should ...