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Science as Practice and Culture

Edited By: A Pickering

472 pages, Figs

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Mar 1992 | #152767 | ISBN: 0226668010
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Explores one of the newest and most controversial developments within the rapidly changing field of science studies: the move toward studying scientific practice - the work of doing science - and the associated move toward studying scientific culture, understood as the field of resources that practice operates in and on. Andrew Pickering has invited leading historians, philosophers, sociologists, and anthropologists of science to prepare original essays for this volume. The essays range over the physical and biological sciences and mathematics, and are divided into two parts. In part I, the contributors map out a coherent set of perspectives on scientific practice and culture, and relate their analyses to central topics in the philosophy of science such as realism, relativism, and incommensurability. The essays in part II seek to delineate the study of science as practice in arguments across its borders with the sociology of scientific knowledge, social epistemology, and reflexive ethnography.


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