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Science Studies as Epistemography Peter Dear

Peter Dear

in The One Culture?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780226467221
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226467245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.003.0010
Science Studies as Epistemography Peter Dear

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The ambiguities of the catch-all label “science studies” are not accidental: such crypto-disciplinary names tend to be hobbled from the start by the need to draw in as many constituencies as possible, thereby running the risk of yoking together quite distinct intellectual endeavors. If (no doubt, contestably) we date science studies from the later 1970s, we immediately perceive a genealogy. Before science studies, there was a fairly well-established specialty called the history and philosophy of science. There was also a subfield of sociology known as the sociology of science. Science studies has now swallowed up large amounts of what once fell into those earlier categories, without always thoroughly digesting them. But the parts that were left behind tell their own stories.

Keywords: science studies; epistemography; philosophy of science; sociology of science; intellectual endeavors; genealogy

Chapter.  6066 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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