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One Culture? (01 Edition)by Jay A. Labinger
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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.
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
Book News Annotation:
Labinger (Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology) and Collins (sociology, Cardiff U.) come from opposite sides of the "science wars" debates, first brought to the public's attention by the publication of Alan Sokal's parody/hoax of science studies published in the journal Social Text in 1996. Spurred by the acrimony that erupted following the revelation of Sokal's essay, they have brought together 12 contributors, drawn equally from the ranks of sociological examiners of the practice of science and their scientist detractors. Stemming from a 1997 workshop, their contributions are organized into three sections in which contributors discuss their positions on the debate, then respond to the beliefs of their rivals, and finally are allowed to rebut the objections brought up in the second section. The editors argue that such a presentation has allowed for surprising areas of agreement among the two camps.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Jay A. Labinger is a research chemist and administrator of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology.
Harry Collins is a Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science at Cardiff University.
Table of Contents
ContentsPreface1. IntroductionPart One: PositionsPhilosophies2. Does Science Studies Undermine Science? Wittgenstein, Turing, and Polanyi as Precursors for Science Studies and the Science WarsTrevor Pinch3. Science and Sociology of Science: Beyond War and PeaceJean Bricmont and Alan Sokal4. Is a Science Peace Process Necessary?Michael LynchPerspectives5. Caught in the Crossfire? The Public’s Role in the Science WarsJane Gregory and Steve Miller6. Life inside a Case StudyPeter SaulsonOrigins7. Conversing Seriously with SociologistsN. David Mermin8. How to be AntiscientificSteven ShapinDirections9. Physics and HistorySteven Weinberg10. Science Studies as EpistemographyPeter Dear11. From Social Construction to Questions for Research: The Promise of the Sociology of ScienceKenneth G. Wilson and Constance K. Barsky12. A Martian Sends a Postcard HomeHarry Collins13. Awakening a Sleeping Giant?Jay A. LabingerPart Two: Commentaries14. Remarks on Methodological Relativism and "Antiscience"Jean Bricmont and Alan Sokal15. One More Round with RelativismHarry Collins16. Overdetermination and ContingencyPeter Dear17. Reclaiming ResponsibilityJane Gregory18. Split Personalities, or the Science Wars WithinJay A. Labinger19. Situated Knowledge and Common Enemies: Therapy for the Science WarsMichael Lynch20. Real Essences and Human ExperienceDavid Mermin21. It’s a Conversation!Trevor Pinch22. Confessions of a BelieverPeter R. Saulson23. Barbarians at Which Gates?Steven Shapin24. Peace at Last?Steven WeinbergPart Three Rebuttals25. Reply to Our CriticsJean Bricmont and Alan Sokal26. Crown Jewels and Rough Diamonds: The Source of Science’s AuthorityHarry Collins27. Another Visit to EpistemographyPeter Dear28. Let’s Not Get Too AgreeableJay A. Labinger29. Causality, Grammar, and Working Philosophies: Some Final CommentsMichael Lynch30. Readings and MisreadingsDavid Mermin31. Peace for Whom and on Whose Terms?Trevor Pinch32. Pilgrims’ ProgressPeter Saulson33. Historiographical Uses of Scientific KnowledgeSteven Weinberg34. Beyond Social ConstructionKenneth G. Wilson and Constance K. Barsky35. ConclusionReferencesContributorsIndex
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