Social Epistemology

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In Social Epistemology Fuller seeks to reconcile normative philosophy of science and empirical sociology of knowledge. He reinterprets key problems in the philosophy of science, such as realism, the nature of objectivity, the demarcation of science from other disciplines, and the nature of our knowledge of other times and places.

Author Biography: Steve Fuller is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Trained in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science, he...

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Overview

In Social Epistemology Fuller seeks to reconcile normative philosophy of science and empirical sociology of knowledge. He reinterprets key problems in the philosophy of science, such as realism, the nature of objectivity, the demarcation of science from other disciplines, and the nature of our knowledge of other times and places.

Author Biography: Steve Fuller is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Trained in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science, he is the founding editor of the journal, Social Epistemology, and has promoted social epistemology as an interdisciplinary project in seven books, including the controversial Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times (2000) and most recently Knowledge Management Foundations (2001). His works have been published in nine languages. Social Epistemology was his first book.

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Steve Fuller is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Trained in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science, he is the founding editor of the journal, Social
Epistemology, and has promoted social epistemology as an interdisciplinary project in seven books,
including the controversial Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times (2000) and most recently Knowledge Management Foundations (2001). His works have been published in nine languages.
Social Epistemology was his first book.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Foreword
Preface
Pt. 1 Issues in Defining the Field of Social Epistemology
1 An Overview of Social Epistemology 3
2 Social Epistemology and Social Metaphysics 31
Pt. 2 Issues in the Language and History of Knowledge Production
3 Realism, The Moving Target of Science Studies: A Tale of Philosophers, Historians, and Sociologists in Hot Pursuit 65
4 Bearing the Burden of Proof: On the Frontier of Science and History 99
5 Incommensurability Explained and Defended 117
6 The Inscrutability of Silence and the Problem of Knowledge in the Human Sciences 139
App. A How to Do Subtle Things with Words - The Ins and Outs of Conceptual Scheming 163
Pt. 3 Issues in the Social Organization of Knowledge
7 The Demarcation of Science: A Problem Whose Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated 175
8 Disciplinary Boundaries: A Conceptual Map of the Field 191
9 The Elusiveness of Consensus in Science 207
10 From Moral Psychology to Cognitive Sociology: Making Sense of the Forman Thesis 233
App. B Having Them Change against Their Will - Policy Simulations of Objectivity 251
Pt. 4 Issues in Knowledge Policy-Making
11 Toward a Revival of the Normative in the Sociology of Knowledge 263
12 Social Epistemology and the Problem of Authoritarianism 277
App. C Notes toward Designing a Core Curriculum for a Graduate Program in Knowledge Policy Studies 289
Bibliography 295
Index 313
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