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The One Culture?A Conversation about Science$
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Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467221

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.001.0001

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Science Studies as Epistemography Peter Dear

Science Studies as Epistemography Peter Dear

(p.128) Chapter 10 Science Studies as Epistemography Peter Dear
The One Culture?

Peter Dear

University of Chicago Press

The ambiguities of the catch-all label “science studies” are not accidental: such crypto-disciplinary names tend to be hobbled from the start by the need to draw in as many constituencies as possible, thereby running the risk of yoking together quite distinct intellectual endeavors. If (no doubt, contestably) we date science studies from the later 1970s, we immediately perceive a genealogy. Before science studies, there was a fairly well-established specialty called the history and philosophy of science. There was also a subfield of sociology known as the sociology of science. Science studies has now swallowed up large amounts of what once fell into those earlier categories, without always thoroughly digesting them. But the parts that were left behind tell their own stories.

Keywords:   science studies, epistemography, philosophy of science, sociology of science, intellectual endeavors, genealogy

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