Science Studies as Naturalized Philosophy

  • Finn Collin

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 348)

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This book approaches its subject matter in a way that combines a strong analytical and critical perspective with a historical and sociological framework for the understanding of the emergence of Science Studies. This is a novelty, since extant literature on this topic tends either to narrate the history of the field, with little criticism, or to criticize Science Studies from a philosophical platform but with little interest in its historical and social context. The book provides a critical review of the most prominent figures in Science Studies (also known as Science and Technology Studies) and traces the historical roots of the discipline back to developments emerging after World War II. It also presents it as an heir to a long trend in Western thought towards the naturalization of philosophy, where a priori modes of thought are replaced by empirical ones. Finally, it points to ways for Science Studies to proceed in the future. "With this book, Finn Collin has established himself as the leading constructive philosophical critic of Science and Technology Studies. Science Studies as Naturalized Philosophy will likely be the key point of reference for any further writing on the topic for years to come." Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick, United Kingdom


Naturalization Philosophy of science Science and Technology Studies Sociology of science

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  • Finn Collin
    • 1
  1. 1., Dept of Media, Cognition and CommunicatiUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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