Never Pure Historical Studies of Science as If It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture, and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority

ISBN-10: 0801894212
ISBN-13: 9780801894213
Edition: 2010
Authors: Steven Shapin
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Description: Steven Shapin argues that science, for all its immense authority and power, is and always has been a human endeavor, subject to human capacities and limits. Put simply, science has never been pure. To be human is to err, and we understand science  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 4/21/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Steven Shapin argues that science, for all its immense authority and power, is and always has been a human endeavor, subject to human capacities and limits. Put simply, science has never been pure. To be human is to err, and we understand science better when we recognize it as the laborious achievement of fallible, imperfect, and historically situated human beings.Shapin's essays collected here include reflections on the historical relationships between science and common sense, between science and modernity, and between science and the moral order. They explore the relevance of physical and social settings in the making of scientific knowledge, the methods appropriate to understanding science historically, dietetics as a compelling site for historical inquiry, the identity of those who have made scientific knowledge, and the means by which science has acquired credibility and authority. This wide-ranging and intensely interdisciplinary collection by one of the most distinguished historians and sociologists of science represents some of the leading edges of change in the scholarly understanding of science over the past several decades.

Preface
Lowering the Tone in the History of Science: A Noble Calling
Methods and Maxims
Cordelia's Love: Credibility and the Social, Studies of Science
How to Be Antiscientific
Science and Prejudice in Historical Perspective
Places and Practices
The House of Experiment in Seventeenth-century England
Pump and Circumstance: Robert Boyle's Literary Technology
The Scientific Person
"The Mind Is Its Own Place": Science and Solitude in Seventeenth-century England
"A Scholar and a Gentleman": The Problematic Identity of the Scientific Practitioner in Seventeenth-century England
Who Was Robert Hooke?
Who Is the Industrial Scientist? Commentary from Academic Sociology and from the Shop Floor in the United States, ca. 1900-ca. 1970
The Body of Knowledge and the Knowledge of Body
The Philosopher and the Chicken: On the Dietetics of Disembodied Knowledge
How to Eat Like a Gentleman: Dietetics and Ethics in Early Modern England
The World of Science and the World of Common Sense
Trusting George Cheyne: Scientific Expertise, Common Sense, and Moral Authority in Early Eighteenth-century Dietetic Medicine
Proverbial Economies: How an Understanding of Some Linguistic and Social Features of Common Sense Can Throw Light on More Prestigious Bodies of Knowledge, Science for Example
Descartes the Doctor: Rationalism and Its Therapies
Science and Modernity
Science and the Modern World
Notes
Index

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