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A Plea for Science Studies A Plea for Science Studies <i>Philip Kitcher</i>

Philip Kitcher

in A House Built on Sand

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780195117257
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785995 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195117255.003.0004
 A Plea for Science Studies  A Plea for Science Studies  Philip Kitcher

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This essay contrasts two views of science that are popular in Science Studies: the realist-rationalist approach, and the socio-historical perspective, and calls for an integration of the best features of each. It discusses appeals to the theory-ladenness of observation and the undertermination of theories by evidence. It analyzes the historiographic program of relying on actor’s categories.

Keywords: science studies; sociology of science; underdetermination; theory-ladenness; actor’s categories; historiography

Chapter.  14777 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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