© 1981

Science and Society

Studies in the Sociology of Science


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 65)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 33-44
  3. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 45-54
  4. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 55-67
  5. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 68-76
  6. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 77-84
  7. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 85-103
  8. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 119-131
  9. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 132-141
  10. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 142-155
  11. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 156-163
  12. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 164-191
  13. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 192-209
  14. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 210-222
  15. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 223-238
  16. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 239-252
  17. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 253-261

About this book


"If a science has to be supported by fraudulent means, let it perish. " With these words of Kepler, Agassi plunges into the actual troubles and glories of science (321). The SOciology of science is no foreign intruder upon scientific knowledge in these essays, for we see clearly how Agassi transforms the tired internalistJexternalist debate about the causal influences in the history of science. The social character of the entire intertwined epistemological and practical natures of the sciences is intrinsic to science and itself split: the internal sociology within science, the external sociology of the social setting without. Agassi sees these social matters in the small as well as the large: from the details of scientific communication, changing publishing as he thinks to 'on-demand' centralism with less waste (Ch. 12), to the colossal tension of romanticism and rationality in the sweep of historical cultures. Agassi is a moral and political philosopher of science, defending, dis­ turbing, comprehending, criticizing. For him, science in a society requires confrontation, again and again, with issues of autonomy vs. legitimation as the central problem of democracy. And furthermore, devotion to science, pace Popper, Polanyi, and Weber, carries preoccupational dangers: Popper's elitist rooting out of 'pseudo-science', Weber's hard-working obsessive . com­ mitment to science. See Agassi's Weberian gloss on the social psychology of science in his provocative 'picture of the scientist as maniac' (437).


Galileo Galilei Renaissance history of science science sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Tel-Aviv UniversityIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Science and Society
  • Book Subtitle Studies in the Sociology of Science
  • Authors Joseph Agassi
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1245-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-011-6458-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-6456-6
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 536
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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