Science after the Practice Turn in the Philosophy, History, and Social Studies of Science

1st Edition

Léna Soler, Sjoerd Zwart, Michael Lynch, Vincent Israel-Jost

Routledge
Published May 16, 2017
Reference - 346 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138062733 - CAT# Y331848
Series: Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science

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Summary

In the 1980s, philosophical, historical and social studies of science underwent a change which later evolved into a turn to practice. Analysts of science were asked to pay attention to scientific practices in meticulous detail and along multiple dimensions, including the material, social and psychological. Following this turn, the interest in scientific practices continued to increase and had an indelible influence in the various fields of science studies. No doubt, the practice turn changed our conceptions and approaches of science, but what did it really teach us? What does it mean to study scientific practices? What are the general lessons, implications, and new challenges?

This volume explores questions about the practice turn using both case studies and theoretical analysis. The case studies examine empirical and mathematical sciences, including the engineering sciences. The volume promotes interactions between acknowledged experts from different, often thought of as conflicting, orientations. It presents contributions in conjunction with critical commentaries that put the theses and assumptions of the former in perspective. Overall, the book offers a unique and diverse range of perspectives on the meanings, methods, lessons, and challenges associated with the practice turn.

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