Social Epistemology and Technology

Author: Frank Scalambrino
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ISBN: 9781783485338
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This book examines the social epistemological issues relating to technology for the sake of providing insights toward public self-awareness and informing matters of education, policy, and public deliberation.

The Future of Social Epistemology

Author: James H. Collier
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ISBN: 9781783482665
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Offers a vital, unique and agenda-setting perspective for the field of social epistemology the philosophical basis for prescribing the social means and ends for pursuing knowledge."

Social Epistemology and Epistemic Agency

Author: Patrick J. Reider
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ISBN: 9781783483471
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The field of epistemology is undergoing significant changes. Primary among these changes is an ever growing appreciation for the role social influences play on one s ability to know and assess knowledge claims, i.e. epistemic agency. Social epistemology s greatest influence on traditional epistemology is, arguably, its arguments for de-centralization of the epistemic agent. In other words, its practitioners have actively sought to dispel the claim that individuals can be solely responsible for epistemic achievement. This view opposes traditional epistemology, which tends to focus on the individual s capacity to form and access knowledge claims independent of his or her relationship to a particular society. Social Epistemology and Epistemic Agency is an essential resource for academics and students engaging with questions relating to the manner in which society engenders its members with the ability to obtain knowledge and be critical of knowledge claims. A team of leading scholars explore why knowledge is the result of socially shared practices and why numerous fields in the humanities, such as Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Communication, and STS, aid in its study."

Philosophy Rhetoric and the End of Knowledge

Author: Professor of Sociology Steve Fuller, PhD
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135618682
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In this second edition of Steve Fuller's original work Philosophy, Rhetoric, and the End of Knowledge: A New Beginning for Science and Technology Studies, James Collier joins Fuller in developing an updated and accessible version of Fuller's classic volume. The new edition shifts focus slightly to balance the discussions of theory and practice, and the writing style is oriented to advanced students. It addresses the contemporary problems of knowledge to develop the basis for a more publicly accountable science. The resources of social epistemology are deployed to provide a positive agenda of research, teaching, and political action designed to bring out the best in both the ancient discipline of rhetoric and the emerging field of science and technology studies (STS). The authors reclaim and integrate STS and rhetoric to explore the problems of knowledge as a social process--problems of increasing public interest that extend beyond traditional disciplinary resources. In so doing, the differences among disciplines must be questioned (the exercise of STS) and the disciplinary boundaries must be renegotiated (the exercise of rhetoric). This book innovatively integrates a sophisticated theoretical approach to the social processes of creating knowledge with a developing pedagogical apparatus. The thought questions at the end of each chapter, the postscript, and the appendix allow the reader to actively engage the text in order to discuss and apply its theoretical insights. Creating new standards for interdisciplinary scholarship and communication, the authors bring numerous disciplines into conversation in formulating a new kind of rhetoric geared toward greater democratic participation in the knowledge-making process. This volume is intended for students and scholars in rhetoric of science, science studies, philosophy, and communication, and will be of interest in English, sociology, and knowledge management arenas as well.

Governance Of Science

Author: Fuller, Steve
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335202349
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This ground-breaking text offers a fresh perspective on the governance of science from the standpoint of social and political theory. Science has often been seen as the only institution that embodies the elusive democratic ideal of the 'open society'. Yet, science remains an elite activity that commands much more public trust than understanding, even though science has become increasingly entangled with larger political and economic issues.

Socrates Tenured

Author: Adam Briggle
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ISBN: 9781783483105
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This book diagnoses a crisis facing philosophy and the humanities more broadly and sketches a path toward institutionalizing socially engaged approaches to philosophical research."

Against Nature

Author: Steven Vogel
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791430453
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Against Nature examines the history of the concept of nature in the tradition of Critical Theory, with chapters on Lukacs, Horkheimer and Adorno, Marcuse, and Habermas. It argues that the tradition has been marked by significant difficulties with respect to that concept; that these problems are relevant to contemporary environmental philosophy as well; and that a solution to them requires taking seriously--and literally--the idea of nature as socially constructed.

The Social Epistemology of Experimental Economics

Author: Ana Cordeiro dos Santos
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135219672
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Any experimental field consists of preparing special conditions for examining interesting objects for research. So naturally, the particular ways in which scientists prepare their objects determine the kind and the content of knowledge produced. This book provides a framework for the analysis of experimental practices - the Social Epistemology of Experiment - that incorporates both the ‘material’ and the ‘social’ dimensions of knowledge production. The Social Epistemology of Experiment is applied to experimental economics and in so doing, it introduces the epistemic role of the participation of human subjects in experiments and the causal efficacy of institutions in constraining and enabling human behaviour. It also develops the role of the social and socially established practices in overcoming the methodological difficulties associated with experimenting with humans subjects in the social sciences as well as the effect of scientists’ interventions in the laboratory worlds. This book provides an historical and contextualized account of the emergence of experimental economics, the methodological discussions that have informed and constituted it, its main research programmes, and stylized facts. The analysis of its three main research programmes – market experiments, game theory experiments and individual decision-making experiments – shows how economics experiments are particularly tailored to produce knowledge about market institutions and individual behaviour in contexts where there might be conflicts of individual and social goals, and also about the processes of individual decision-making.

Postphenomenology

Author: Don Ihde
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810112759
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Postphenomenology is a fascinating investigation of the relationships between global culture and technology. The impressive range of subjects to which Don Ihde applies his skill as a phenomenologist is unified by what he describes as "a concern which arises with respect to one of the now major trends of Euro-American philosophy--its textism." He adds, "I show my worries to be less about the loss of subjects or authors, than I do about [there] not being bodies or perceivers."

Professional Learning in the Knowledge Society

Author: Karen Jensen
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9460919944
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This book presents an entirely new approach to professional learning based on perspectives of the knowledge society and, in particular, an interpretation of Knorr Cetina’s work on scientific ‘epistemic cultures’. Starting with a conceptual chapter and followed by a suite of empirical studies from accountancy, education, nursing and software engineering, the book elaborates how: a) knowledge production and circulation take distinct forms in those fields; b) how the knowledge objects of practice in those fields engross and engage professionals and, in the process, people and knowledge are transformed by this engagement. By foregrounding an explicit concern for the role of knowledge in professional learning, the book goes much farther than the current fashion for describing ‘practice-based learning’. It will therefore be of considerable interest to the research, policy, practitioner and student communities involved with professional education/learning or interested in innovation and knowledge development in the professions.