One Culture? A Conversation about Science

ISBN-10: 0226467236

ISBN-13: 9780226467238

Edition: 2001

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Description: So far the "Science Wars" have generated far more heat than light. Combatants from one or the other of what C. P. Snow famously called "the two cultures" (science versus the arts and humanities) have launched bitter attacks but have seldom engaged in constructive dialogue about the central issues. In The One Culture?, Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins have gathered together some of the world's foremost scientists and sociologists of science to exchange opinions and ideas rather than insults. The contributors find surprising areas of broad agreement in a genuine conversation about science, its legitimacy and authority as a means of understanding the world, and whether science studies undermines the practice and findings of science and scientists. The One Culture? is organized into three parts. The first consists of position papers written by scientists and sociologists of science, which were distributed to all the participants. The second presents commentaries on these papers, drawing out and discussing their central themes and arguments. In the third section, participants respond to these critiques, offering defenses, clarifications, and modifications of their positions. Who can legitimately speak about science? What is the proper role of scientific knowledge? How should scientists interact with the rest of society in decision making? Because science occupies such a central position in the world today, such questions are vitally important. Although there are no simple solutions, The One Culture? does show the reader exactly what is at stake in the Science Wars, and provides a valuable framework for how to go about seeking the answers we so urgently need. Contributors include: Constance K. Barsky, Jean Bricmont, Harry Collins, Peter Dear, Jane Gregory, Jay A. Labinger, Michael Lynch, N. David Mermin, Steve Miller, Trevor Pinch, Peter R. Saulson, Steven Shapin, Alan Sokal, Steven Weinberg, Kenneth G. Wilson

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.98" long x 0.81" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Kurt Windisch is a senior technical specialist with Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc., a global provider of technology solutions with headquarters in Springfield, Illinois. He has more than 15 years of experience in IT, and is a DBA and technical architect for the internal IT department at LRS. He spent 5 years serving on the board of directors for PASS, has written for several SQL Server magazines, and has presented at conferences internationally on the topic of database programming with SQL Server.

Harry Collins is the Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science at Cardiff University, and a fellow of the British Academy.

Preface
Introduction
Positions
Philosophies
Does Science Studies Undermine Science? Wittgenstein, Turing, and Polanyi as Precursors for Science Studies and the Science Wars
Science and Sociology of Science: Beyond War and Peace
Is a Science Peace Process Necessary?
Perspectives
Caught in the Crossfire? The Public's Role in the Science Wars
Life inside a Case Study
Origins
Conversing Seriously with Sociologists
How to be Antiscientific
Directions
Physics and History
Science Studies as Epistemography
From Social Construction to Questions for Research: The Promise of the Sociology of Science
A Martian Sends a Postcard Home
Awakening a Sleeping Giant?
Commentaries
Remarks on Methodological Relativism and "Antiscience"
One More Round with Relativism
Overdetermination and Contingency
Reclaiming Responsibility
Split Personalities, or the Science Wars Within
Situated Knowledge and Common Enemies: Therapy for the Science Wars
Real Essences and Human Experience
It's a Conversation!
Confessions of a Believer
Barbarians at Which Gates?
Peace at Last?
Rebuttals
Reply to Our Critics
Crown Jewels and Rough Diamonds: The Source of Science's Authority
Another Visit to Epistemography
Let's Not Get Too Agreeable
Causality, Grammar, and Working Philosophies: Some Final Comments
Readings and Misreadings
Peace for Whom and on Whose Terms?
Pilgrims' Progress
Historiographical Uses of Scientific Knowledge
Beyond Social Construction
Conclusion
References
Contributors
Index
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