Time, Science and the Critique of Technological Reason

Essays in Honour of Hermínio Martins

  • José Esteban Castro
  • Bridget Fowler
  • Luís Gomes

Part of the St Antony's Series book series (STANTS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Bridget Fowler
    Pages 1-30
  3. In Celebration of the Writings of Hermínio Martins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Margaret Martins
      Pages 55-62
    3. Roland Robertson
      Pages 63-68
  4. Thomas Kuhn and the Theory of Scientific Revolutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. William Outhwaite
      Pages 81-98
  5. Patrimonialism and Social Development in Portugal

  6. Social Structures and the Techno-scientific Ethos: The Approach from Sociological Theory

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 367-390

About this book


This festschrift commemorates the legacy of UK-based Portuguese sociologist Hermínio Martins (1934-2015). It introduces Martins’ wide-ranging contributions to the social sciences, encompassing seminal works in the fields of philosophy and social theory, historical and political sociology, studies of science and technology, and Luso-Brazilian studies, among others. The book features an in-depth interview with Martins, short memoirs, and twelve chapters addressing topics that were central to his intellectual  and political interests. Among those that stand out are his critique of Thomas Kuhn’s theory of scientific revolutions, his work on the significance of time in social theory and the interweaving of techno-scientific developments and socio-cultural transformations, including the impact of communication and digital technologies, and of market-led eugenics. Other themes covered are Martins’ work on patrimonialism and social development in Portugal and Brazil, and his analysis of the state of the social sciences  in Portugal, which reflects his highly critical appraisal of the ongoing marketization andneoliberalization of academic life and institutions worldwide.


Digital sociology Festschrift Scientific revolutions Digital democracy methodological nationalism Hermínio Martins Karl Marx and Hermínio Martins Alternatives to Physicalism

Editors and affiliations

  • José Esteban Castro
    • 1
  • Bridget Fowler
    • 2
  • Luís Gomes
    • 3
  1. 1.National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) in Buenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71518-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71519-3
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