Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis

Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis

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Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis by Barry Barnes, David Bloor, John Henry

A systematic account of the importance of sociology for the understanding of scientific knowledge. Applying sociological analysis to specific historical case studies, the work attempts to show how the sociological approach is an essential complement to interpretations of scientific knowledge from other disciplines, and a necessary contribution to obtaining a scientific understanding of science. This book should be of interest to students in the social sciences and the history and philosophy of science, and to academics interested in knowledge, epistemology, the history of ideas and the "new" sociology of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780485114041
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/27/2002
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Barry Barnes is professor of sociology at the University of Exeter. David Bloor is reader in the Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh. John Henry is senior lecturer in the Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
1: Observation and Experience
2: Interpretation
3: Words and the World
4: Beyond Experience
5: Sociological Projects
6: Drawing Boundaries
7: Proof and Self-Evidence
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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