Science as Practice and Culture / Edition 2

Science as Practice and Culture / Edition 2

by Andrew Pickering
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226668010

ISBN-13: 9780226668017

Pub. Date: 05/28/1992

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Science as Practice and Culture explores one of the newest and most controversial developments within the rapidly changing field of science studies: the move toward studying scientific practice--the work of doing science--and the associated move toward studying scientific culture, understood as the field of resources that practice operates in and on. Andrew…  See more details below

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Science as Practice and Culture explores one of the newest and most controversial developments within the rapidly changing field of science studies: the move toward studying scientific practice--the work of doing science--and the associated move toward studying scientific culture, understood as the field of resources that practice operates in and on. Andrew Pickering has invited leading historians, philosophers, sociologists, and anthropologists of science to prepare original essays for this volume. The essays range over the physical and biological sciences and mathematics, and are divided into two parts. In part I, the contributors map out a coherent set of perspectives on scientific practice and culture, and relate their analyses to central topics in the philosophy of science such as realism, relativism, and incommensurability. The essays in part II seek to delineate the study of science as practice in arguments across its borders with the sociology of scientific knowledge, social epistemology, and reflexive ethnography. Andrew Pickering is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Constructing Quarks: A Sociological History of Particle Physics, published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226668017
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1992
Edition description:
1
Pages:
474
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1From Science as Knowledge to Science as Practice1
Pt. 1Positions
2The Self-Vindication of the Laboratory Sciences29
3Putting Agency Back into Experiment65
4The Couch, the Cathedral, and the Laboratory: On the Relationship between Experiment and Laboratory in Science113
5Constructing Quaternions: On the Analysis of Conceptual Practice139
6Crafting Science: Standardized Packages, Boundary Objects, and "Translation"168
Pt. 2Arguments
7Extending Wittgenstein: The Pivotal Move from Epistemology to the Sociology of Science215
8Left and Right Wittgensteinians266
9From the "Will to Theory" to the Discursive Collage: A Reply to Bloor's "Left and Right Wittgensteinians"283
10Epistemological Chicken301
11Some Remarks About Positionism: A Reply to Collins and Yearley327
12Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bath School! A Reply to Collins and Yearley343
13Journey into Space369
14Social Epistemology and the Research Agenda of Science Studies390
15Border Crossings: Narrative Strategies in Science Studies and among Physicists in Tsukuba Science City, Japan429
Contributors467
Index469

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