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Social Constructivism as a Philosophy of Mathematics
Social Constructivism as a Philosophy of Mathematics (November 1997)
Paul Ernest - Author

Extends the ideas of social constructivism to the philosophy of mathematics, developing a powerful critique of traditional absolutist conceptions of mathematics, and proposing a reconceptualization of the philosophy of mathematics.

Proposing social constructivism as a novel philosophy of mathematics, this book is inspired by current work in sociology of knowledge and social studies of science. It extends the ideas of soc...(Read More)
In and About the World
In and About the World (August 1996)
Philosophical Studies of Science and Technology
Hans Radder - Author

Offers a new approach to a number of central issues concerning the theoretical interpretation and normative evaluation of contemporary science and technology.

"Radder is a rising Dutch philosopher who is ploughing a distinctive path between philosophy of science and technology and its sociological counterpart--normally a Scylla and Charybdis that few would attempt to navigate between. This is a concise and powerful expos...(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)
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)
Ecologies of Knowledge
Ecologies of Knowledge (July 1995)
Work and Politics in Science and Technology
Susan Leigh Star - Editor

This collection of articles provides a comprehensive overview of personal and public issues related to social change and how they shape scientific and technical knowledge.
"This collection illustrates the robustness of theoretical concerns in the field in their applicability to the diverse subject matter of science studies, well represented here in the inclusion of studies in biological and physical sciences along with technology. Assembl...(Read More)
In Measure, Number, and Weight
In Measure, Number, and Weight (September 1994)
Studies in Mathematics and Culture
Jens Hoyrup - Author

"Jens Hoyrup deals forthrightly with the most important question now facing historians of science: what is the relation between ideas and socioeconomic life? His conclusions are persuasive and stimulating. They go a long way to refuting the currently fashionable relativist view that science has been nothing but a collection of prejudices, conventions, and practical compromises. In this book one finds a welcome social history of science composed ...(Read More)
On the Shoulders of Merchants
On the Shoulders of Merchants (August 1994)
Exchange and the Mathematical Conception of Nature in Early Modern Europe
Richard W. Hadden - Author

This book shows how the universal quantification of science resulted from the routinization of commercial practices that were familiar in scientist's daily lives. Following the work of Franz Borkenau and Jacob Klein in the 1930s, the book describes the rise of the mechanistic world-view as a reification of relations of exchange in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Critical of more orthodox, positivist Marxist accounts of the rise of science...(Read More)
Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle
Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle (April 1994)
The Evolution of a "Transcultural" Approach to Wholeness
Steven M. Rosen - Author

Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle confronts basic anomalies in the foundations of contemporary knowledge. Steven M. Rosen deals with paradoxes that call into question our conventional way of thinking about space, time, and the nature of human experience.

Rosen's contribution is unique in at least five respects:

1) He provides an unparalleled integration of modern theoretical scien...(Read More)
Controversial Science
Controversial Science (July 1993)
From Content to Contention
Thomas Brante - Editor
Steve Fuller - Editor
William Lynch - Editor

“I think that the whole notion of 'controversy' is a good handle to start with for a critical assessment of the field. Controversy is now seen as not only normal but also a way of framing a research site for looking at the field of scientific endeavor. The editors have also brought together a group of very well-known scholars.

“Until 1970 most studies of science were hagiographic, paeans to science. We ge...(Read More)
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