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Scientific Perspectivism

Ronald N. Giere


Many people assume that the claims of scientists are objective truths. But historians, sociologists, and philosophers of science have long argued that scientific claims reflect the particular historical, cultural, and social context in which those claims were made. The nature of scientific knowledge is not absolute because it is influenced by the practice and perspective of human agents. This book argues that the acts of observing and theorizing are both perspectival, and that this nature makes scientific knowledge contingent, as Thomas Kuhn theorized forty years ago. Using the example of colo ... More

Keywords: scientific claims, scientific knowledge, human agents, observing, theorizing, Thomas Kuhn, color vision, perspectivism, colors, human visual system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226292120
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226292144.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald N. Giere, author