The Invention of Modern Science / Edition 1

The Invention of Modern Science / Edition 1

by Isabelle Stengers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816630569

ISBN-13: 9780816630561

Pub. Date: 10/28/2000

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Philosophy of Science

Isabelle Stengers The Invention of Modern Science Translated by Daniel W. Smith

A proposal for better understanding the nature of scientific endeavor from a major European thinker.

The so-called exact sciences have always claimed to be different from other forms of knowledge. How are we to evaluate this assertion? Should we try to

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Philosophy of Science

Isabelle Stengers The Invention of Modern Science Translated by Daniel W. Smith

A proposal for better understanding the nature of scientific endeavor from a major European thinker.

The so-called exact sciences have always claimed to be different from other forms of knowledge. How are we to evaluate this assertion? Should we try to identify the criteria that seem to justify it? Or, following the new model of the social study of the sciences, should we view it as a simple belief? The Invention of Modern Science proposes a fruitful way of going beyond these apparently irreconcilable positions, that science is either "objective" or "socially constructed." Instead, suggests Isabelle Stengers, one of the most important and influential philosophers of science in Europe, we might understand the tension between scientific objectivity and belief as a necessary part of science, central to the practices invented and reinvented by scientists.

"Stengers has chosen to look for a touchstone distinguishing good science from bad not in epistemology but in ontology, not in the word but in the world." Bruno Latour

Isabelle Stengers is associate professor of philosophy at the Free University of Brussels. She received the grand prize for philosophy from the Academie Française in 1993, and is the author of numerous books, including Power and Invention (Minnesota, 1997).

Daniel W. Smith has translated many books, including several works by the philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816630561
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Theory out of Bounds Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IExplorations1
Ch. 1The Sciences and Their Interpreters3
Ch. 2Science and Nonscience21
Ch. 3The Force of History39
Pt. IIConstruction55
Ch. 4Irony and Humor57
Ch. 5Science under the Sign of the Event71
Ch. 6Making History89
Pt. IIIPropositions109
Ch. 7An Available World?111
Ch. 8Subject and Object131
Ch. 9Becomings151
Notes169
Index179

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