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An Introduction to Science Studies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 203

An Introduction to Science Studies

The purpose of this book is to give a coherent account of the different perspectives on science and technology that are normally studied under various disciplinary heads such as philosophy of science, sociology of science and science policy. It is intended for students embarking on courses in these subjects and assumes no special knowledge of any science. It is written in a direct and simple style, and technical language is introduced very sparingly. As various perspectives are sketched out in this book, the reader moves towards a consistent conception of contemporary science as a rapidly changing social institution that has already grown out of its traditional forms and plays a central role in society at large. It will appeal to students in a wide range of scientific disciplines and complement well Professor Ziman's earlier books. -- from back cover.

Science and Other Cultures
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 276

Science and Other Cultures

Robert Figueroa and Sandra Harding bring together a collection of essays by philosophers exploring an extensive range of diversity issues for the philosophy of science and technology.

Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 283

Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences

This 1996 book argues that behind the diverse methods of the natural sciences lies a common core of scientific rationality.

Science, Technology and Society
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 219

Science, Technology and Society

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2005-01-01
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  • Publisher: Netbiblo

The emphasis on the realm of Science, Technology and Society or Science and Technology Studies may have the same degree of relevance that the “historical turn” had in the past. It is a “social turn” which affects philosophy of science as well as philosophy of technology. It includes a new vision of the aims, processes and results of scientific activities and technological doings, because the focus of attention is on several aspects of science and technology which used to be considered as secondary, or even irrelevant. This turn highlights science and technology as social undertakings rather than intellectual contents. According to this new vision, there are several important changes ...

Technology, philosophical and social aspects
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Technology, philosophical and social aspects

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The Idea of a Social Science and Its Relation to Philosophy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 136

The Idea of a Social Science and Its Relation to Philosophy

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Winch addresses the possibility and practice of a comprehensive 'science of society', drawing from the works of such thinkers as Ludwig Wittgenstein, J.S. Mill and Max Weber to make his case.

EPSA Philosophical Issues in the Sciences
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 332

EPSA Philosophical Issues in the Sciences

This volume collects papers presented at the Founding Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association meeting, held November 2007. It provides an excellent overview of the state of the art in philosophy of science in different European countries.

Philosophy of Technology
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

Philosophy of Technology

The corps of philosophers who make up the Society for Philosophy & Technology has now been collaborating, in one fashion or another, for almost fifteen years. In addition, the number of philosophers, world-wide, who have begun to focus their analytical skills on technology and related social problems grows increasingly every year. {It would certainly swell the ranks if all of them joined the Society!) It seems more than ap propriate, in this context, to publish a miscellaneous volume that em phasizes the extraordinary range and diversity of contemporary contribu tions to the philosophical understanding of the exceedingly complex phenomenon that is modern technology. My thanks, once again, to the anonymous referees who do so much to maintain standards for the series. And thanks also to the secretaries - Mary Imperatore and Dorothy Milsom - in the Philosophy Department at the University of Delaware; their typing and retyping of the MSS, and especially notes and references, also contributes to keeping our standards high. PAUL T. DURBIN vii Paul T. Durbin (ed.), Philosophy ofT echnology, p. vii.

Re-engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 450

Re-engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings

Analytic philosophers once pantomimed physics, trying to understand the world by breaking it down. Thinkers from the Darwinian sciences now pose alternatives to this simplistic reductionism. In a tour of essays spanning thirty years, Wimsatt argues that scientists seek to atomize phenomena only when necessary to understand how entities, events, and processes articulate at different levels. This book offers a philosophy for error-prone humans trying to understand messy systems in the real world.

Philosophy of Social Science
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 330

Philosophy of Social Science

This is a much-needed new introduction to a field that has been transformed in recent years by exciting new subjects, ideas, and methods. It is designed both for students with central interests in philosophy and those planning to concentrate on the social sciences, and it presupposes no particular background in either domain. From the wide range of topics at the forefront of debate in philosophy of social science, the editors have chosen those which are representative of the most important and interesting contemporary work. A team of distinguished experts explore key aspects of the field such as social ontology (what are the things that social science studies?), objectivity, formal methods, measurement, and causal inference. Also included are chapters focused on notable subjects of social science research, such as well-being and climate change. Philosophy of Social Science provides a clear, accessible, and up-to-date guide to this fascinating field.