© 1989

The Cognitive Turn

Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Science

  • Steve Fuller
  • Marc de Mey
  • Terry Shinn
  • Steve Woolgar

Part of the Sociology of the Sciences a Yearbook book series (SOSC, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mapping the Study of Scientific Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ronald N. Giere
      Pages 3-11
  3. Models for Studying Scientific Cognition

  4. The Modularity of Scientific Cognition

  5. Language as an Indicator of Scientific Cognition

  6. The Prospects for an Integration of Approaches

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-260

About this book


If nothing else, the twelve papers assembled in this volume should lay to rest the idea that the interesting debates about the nature of science are still being conducted by "internalists" vs. "externalists,"" rationalists" vs. "arationalists, n or even "normative epistemologists" vs. "empirical sociologists of knowledge. " Although these distinctions continue to haunt much of the theoretical discussion in philosophy and sociology of science, our authors have managed to elude their strictures by finally getting beyond the post-positivist preoccupation of defending a certain division of labor among the science studies disciplines. But this is hardly to claim that our historians, philosophers, sociologists, and psychologists have brought about an "end of ideology," or even an "era of good feelings," to their debates. Rather, they have drawn new lines of battle which center more squarely than ever on practical matters of evaluating and selecting methods for studying science. To get a vivid sense of the new terrain that was staked out at the Yearbook conference, let us start by meditating on a picture. The front cover of a recent collection of sociological studies edited by one of us (Woolgar 1988) bears a stylized picture of a series of lined up open books presented in a typical perspective fashion. The global shape comes close to a trapezium, and is composed of smaller trapeziums gradually decreasing in size and piled upon each other so as to suggest a line receding in depth. The perspective is stylized too.


Computer Evolution Integration modeling sociology sociology of science

Editors and affiliations

  • Steve Fuller
    • 1
  • Marc de Mey
    • 2
  • Terry Shinn
    • 3
  • Steve Woolgar
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for the Study of Science in SocietyVirginia Polytechnic InstituteBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Rijksuniversiteit GentBelgium
  3. 3.Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueFrance
  4. 4.Human SciencesBrunel UniversityUxbridge, MiddlesexUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Cognitive Turn
  • Book Subtitle Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Science
  • Editors Steve Fuller
    Marc de Mey
    T. Shinn
    Steve Woolgar
  • Series Title Sociology of the Sciences a Yearbook
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-0306-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-4049-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-7825-7
  • Series ISSN 0167-2320
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 260
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Sociology, general
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