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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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Peace for Whom and on Whose Terms?

Peace for Whom and on Whose Terms?

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(p.280) Chapter 31 Peace for Whom and on Whose Terms?
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The One Culture?
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Trevor Pinch

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.003.0031

Most controversies in the natural sciences are brought to a close in a comparatively short period of time with a clear victor. Most debates in the humanities and social sciences are seldom resolved so quickly and easily. “Free Will proclaimed as victor over Determinism at philosophy conference!” is not a headline one will find. In scientific controversies scientists seem too good at closing them down. Why this is so is, of course, itself a matter of dispute. For those in science studies such debates are settled by the presence of an effective community—a core set—within which a combination of rhetorical, cognitive, material, and social resources are brought to bear. For scientists it is more the case that the “truth will out,” sometimes by means of a few crucial experiments in tandem with irresistible theoretical arguments.

Keywords:   natural science, social science, determinism, social resources, material resources, theoretical arguments

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