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Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science, with a New Preface

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Arguably the best available introduction to constructivism, a research paradigm that has dominated the history of science for the past forty years, Making Natural Knowledge reflects on the importance of this theory, tells the history of its rise to prominence, and traces its most important tensions.

Viewing scientific knowledge as a product of human culture, Jan Golinski challenges the traditional trajectory of the history of science as steady and autonomous progress. In exploring topics such as the social identity of the scientist, the significance of places where science is practiced, and the roles played by language, instruments, and images, Making Natural Knowledge sheds new light on the relations between science and other cultural domains.

"A standard introduction to historically minded scholars interested in the constructivist programme. In fact, it has been called the 'constructivist's bible' in many a conference corridor."and#8212;Matthew Eddy, British Journal for the History of Science

Synopsis:

In Making Natural Knowledge, Jan Golinski reviews recent writing on the history of science and shows how it has been dramatically reshaped by a new understanding of science itself. In the past few years, scientific knowledge has come to be seen as a product of human culture, an approach that has challenged the tradition of the history of science as a story of steady and autonomous progress. New topics have emerged in historical research, including the identity of the scientist, the importance of the laboratory, the role of language and instruments, and the connections with other realms of culture and society. Golinski has written a sympathetic but critical survey of this exciting field of research, at a level that can be appreciated by students or anyone else who wants an introduction to contemporary thinking in the development of the sciences.

About the Author

Jan Golinski is professor of history and humanities at the University of New Hampshire. He is coeditor of The Sciences in Enlightened Europe, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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New Preface (2005)

Preface

Introduction: Challenges to the Classical View of Science

1. An Outline of Constructivism

From Kuhn to the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge

What's Social about Constructivism?

2. Identity and Discipline

The Making of a Social Identity

The Disciplinary Mold

3. The Place of Production

The Workshop of Nature

Beyond the Laboratory Walls

4. Speaking for Nature

The Open Hand

Stepping into the Circle

5. Interventions and Representations

Instruments and Objects

The Work of Representation

6. Culture and Construction

The Meanings of Culture

Regimes of Construction

Coda: The Obligations of Narrative

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226302317
Author:
Golinski, Jan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Science -- History.
Subject:
Constructivism (philosophy)
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In Making Natural Knowledge, Jan Golinski reviews recent writing on the history of science and shows how it has been dramatically reshaped by a new understanding of science itself. In the past few years, scientific knowledge has come to be seen as a product of human culture, an approach that has challenged the tradition of the history of science as a story of steady and autonomous progress. New topics have emerged in historical research, including the identity of the scientist, the importance of the laboratory, the role of language and instruments, and the connections with other realms of culture and society. Golinski has written a sympathetic but critical survey of this exciting field of research, at a level that can be appreciated by students or anyone else who wants an introduction to contemporary thinking in the development of the sciences.
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