Objectivity in Science

New Perspectives from Science and Technology Studies

  • Flavia Padovani
  • Alan Richardson
  • Jonathan Y. Tsou

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 310)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Jonathan Y. Tsou, Alan Richardson, Flavia Padovani
    Pages 1-15
  3. Positions on Objectivity in Contemporary Science and Technology Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Ian Hacking
      Pages 19-33
    3. Sandra Harding
      Pages 35-55
  4. Objectivity as a Topic in Historical Epistemology

  5. Securing Objectivity in Scientific Communities

About this book


This highly multidisciplinary collection discusses an increasingly important topic among scholars in science and technology studies: objectivity in science. It features eleven essays on scientific objectivity from a variety of perspectives, including philosophy of science, history of science, and feminist philosophy. Topics addressed in the book include the nature and value of scientific objectivity, the history of objectivity, and objectivity in scientific journals and communities. Taken individually, the essays supply new methodological tools for theorizing what is valuable in the pursuit of objective knowledge and for investigating its history. The essays offer many starting points, while suggesting new avenues of research. Taken collectively, the essays exemplify the very virtues of objectivity that they theorize—in reading them together, the reader can sense various anxieties about the dangerously subjective in our age and locate commonalities of concern as well as differences of approach. As a result, the volume offers an expansive vision of a research community seeking a communal understanding of its own methods and its own epistemic anxieties, struggling to enunciate the key problems of knowledge of our time and offer insight into how to overcome them.


Breast-Cancer Narratives Community-based Collaborative Research (CBPR) History of the Senses Ideals of Scientific Objectivity Journalistic Objectivity Physiology of the Sense Organs Political Dimensions of Objectivity Procedural Objectivity Pursuit of Objective Knowledge Scientific Objectivity Social Epistemology Strong Objectivity Universalist versus Particularist Philosophical Methodology Value-Neutral Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Flavia Padovani
    • 1
  • Alan Richardson
    • 2
  • Jonathan Y. Tsou
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of English & PhilosophyDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Department of Philosophy and ReligiousIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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