The One Culture?: A Conversation about Science

The One Culture?: A Conversation about Science

by Jay A. Labinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226467228

ISBN-13: 9780226467221

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In recent years, combatants from one or the other of what C. P. Snow famously called "the two cultures" (science versus the arts and humanities) have launched bitter attacks but have seldom engaged in constructive dialogue. In The One Culture? Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins have gathered together some of the world's foremost scientists and sociologists of…  See more details below

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In recent years, combatants from one or the other of what C. P. Snow famously called "the two cultures" (science versus the arts and humanities) have launched bitter attacks but have seldom engaged in constructive dialogue. In The One Culture? Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins have gathered together some of the world's foremost scientists and sociologists of science to exchange opinions and ideas rather than insults. The contributors find surprising areas of broad agreement in a genuine conversation about science, its legitimacy and authority as a means of understanding the world, and whether science studies undermines the practice and findings of science and scientists.

Who has the right to speak about science? What is the proper role of scientific knowledge? How should scientists interact with the rest of society in decision making? Because science occupies a central position in the world today, such questions are vitally important. Although there are no simple solutions, The One Culture? shows the reader exactly what is at stake in the so-called Science Wars and provides a valuable framework for how to go about seeking the answers we so urgently need.

Contributors include:
Constance K. Barsky, Jean Bricmont, Harry Collins, Peter Dear, Jane Gregory, Jay A. Labinger, Michael Lynch, N. David Mermin, Steve Miller, Trevor Pinch, Peter R. Saulson, Steven Shapin, Alan Sokal,
Steven Weinberg, Kenneth G. Wilson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226467221
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Does Science Studies Undermine Science? Wittgenstein, Turing, and Polanyi as Precursors for Science Studies and the Science Wars13
3Science and Sociology of Science: Beyond War and Peace27
4Is a Science Peace Process Necessary?48
5Caught in the Crossfire? The Public's Role in the Science Wars61
6Life inside a Case Study73
7Conversing Seriously with Sociologists83
8How to be Antiscientific99
9Physics and History116
10Science Studies as Epistemography128
11From Social Construction to Questions for Research: The Promise of the Sociology of Science142
12A Martian Sends a Postcard Home156
13Awakening a Sleeping Giant?167
14Remarks on Methodological Relativism and "Antiscience"179
15One More Round with Relativism184
16Overdetermination and Contingency196
17Reclaiming Responsibility201
18Split Personalities, or the Science Wars Within206
19Situated Knowledge and Common Enemies: Therapy for the Science Wars210
20Real Essences and Human Experience216
21It's a Conversation!221
22Confessions of a Believer227
23Barbarians at Which Gates?233
24Peace at Last?238
25Reply to Our Critics243
26Crown Jewels and Rough Diamonds: The Source of Science's Authority255
27Another Visit to Epistemography261
28Let's Not Get Too Agreeable263
29Causality, Grammar, and Working Philosophies: Some Final Comments268
30Readings and Misreadings275
31Peace for Whom and on Whose Terms?280
32Pilgrims' Progress283
33Historiographical Uses of Scientific Knowledge289
34Beyond Social Construction291
35Conclusion296
References303
Contributors317
Index323

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