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Epistemic Responsibility
Epistemic Responsibility (November 2020)
Lorraine Code - Author

Develops a new kind of epistemological position that highlights virtue over more standard epistemological theories.

Having adequate knowledge of the world is not just a matter of survival but also one of obligation. This obligation to “know well” is what philosophers have termed “epistemic responsibility.” In this innovative and eclectic study, Lorraine Code explores the po...(Read More)
 
 
Manufactured Uncertainty
Manufactured Uncertainty (November 2020)
Implications for Climate Change Skepticism
Lorraine Code - Author

Wide-ranging critique of the epistemological and ethical assumptions that underlie contemporary debates concerning climate change.

In this provocative work, Lorraine Code returns to the idea of “epistemic responsibility,” as developed in her influential 1987 book of the same name, to confront the telling new challenges we now face to know the world with some sense of responsibilit...(Read More)
 
 
Leo Strauss, Philosopher
Leo Strauss, Philosopher (June 2016)
European Vistas
Antonio Lastra - Editor
Josep Monserrat-Molas - Editor

European scholars discuss Leo Strauss as a major figure in the history of philosophy.

This volume presents, for the first time in English, the approaches to Leo Strauss being pursued by European scholars in Spain, Italy, and Germany. Whereas the traditions of Strauss interpretation have, until recently, focused on issues of interest to political science and, to a lesser extent, religious studies, this collection...(Read More)
 
 
The Promise of Poststructuralist Sociology
The Promise of Poststructuralist Sociology (May 2008)
Marginalized Peoples and the Problem of Knowledge
Clayton W. Dumont Jr. - Author

A postmodern critique of sociology’s presuppositions.

In this fresh look at the serious challenges posed to sociology by poststructuralist philosophy, Clayton W. Dumont Jr. maintains that disempowered, marginalized peoples have much to gain from a poststructuralist interrogation of sociology’s philosophical and theological presuppositions. He argues that debates among American sociologists in the...(Read More)
 
 
Connecting
Connecting (August 2002)
How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age
Mary Chayko - Author

Explores how we come to feel connected to those we have never met face-to-face.

How do we become connected to people we have never met in person? From celebrities to faraway relatives, from favorite writers to thinkers to people we meet on-line, we form a host of subtle, invisible, but very real social connections with distant others. In Connecting, Mary Chayko investigates how physically separated people manag...(Read More)
 
 
Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece
Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece (July 1996)
A Sociology of Greek Ethics From Homer to the Epicureans and Stoics
Joseph M. Bryant - Author

"This is a challenging reappraisal of major developments in Greek society between the Dark Ages and the flowering of Hellenistic culture. Historians of Greek political life and of Greek philosophy will need to think again about the relationships between social structures and philosophical ethics, between brute economic or material facts and moral ideology. Bryant makes a strong case for the pertinence of historical sociology of a broadly Weberian ki...(Read More)
 
 
The Science of Empire
The Science of Empire (May 1996)
Scientific Knowledge, Civilization, and Colonial Rule in India
Zaheer Baber - Author

Investigates the complex social processes involved in the introduction and institutionalization of Western science in colonial India.
In Science, Civilization, and Empire in India, Zaheer Baber analyzes the social context of the origins and development of science and technology in India from antiquity through colonialism to the modern period. The focus is on the two- way interaction between science and society: how specific social...(Read More)
 
 
Confronting the Experts
Confronting the Experts (April 1996)
Brian Martin - Editor

These six personal case histories of challenges to establishment experts tell why they questioned conventional wisdom, what methods they used, how they dealt with the experts' response, and what lessons they learned.

"In the tradition of C. Wright Mills, this book is a major contribution to a theory of confronting experts. It's a courageous book, as some authors' stories point out. Critics, whistle blowers and victims of...(Read More)
 
 
Science without Myth
Science without Myth (December 1995)
On Constructions, Reality, and Social Knowledge
Sergio Sismondo - Author

This philosophical introduction to and discussion of social and political studies of science argues that scientific knowledge is socially constructed.

"Sismondo deals with a very central and current problem in the philosophy and sociology of science, the problem of truth and representation, especially for theoretical entities and constructs. In this clear and concise exposition, the author succeeds in making a very diffi...(Read More)
 
 
Energy Possibilities
Energy Possibilities (September 1995)
Rethinking Alternatives and the Choice-Making Process
Jesse S. Tatum - Author

Examines the current and prospective energy sources and choices from the perspectives of science, technology, and social studies.
Using the perspectives of science, technology, and society studies, this book grapples with questions stimulated by a concern that current energy policies and practices reflect neither the best interests of ordinary people nor decision-making consistent with the traditions and aspirations of democracy. Probing...(Read More)
 
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