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Legitimizing scientific knowledge : an introduction to Steve Fuller's social epistemology /
Francis Remedios.
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Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2003.
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xii, 143 p.
ISBN
0739106678 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2003.
isbn
0739106678 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5154057
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Francis Remedios holds a Ph.D. from the University of Louvain, Belgium.
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By situating Fuller's wide-ranging and complex ideas in contemporary debates in the philosophy of science and epistemology, Remedios provides a remarkably clear synthesis and defense of Fuller's distinctive social epistemology. The author has accomplished a commendable service for scholars interested in studying the social and political aspects of science.
Remedios' Introduction has done epistemologists a real favour. By systematizing the numerous pronouncements on epistemological matters to be found in Fuller's widely spread oeuvre and attempting a defense of his project on this basis, the foundations of Fuller's so-called social epistemology are exhibited clearly as never before.
Francis Remedios has done contemporary epistemology a favor by constructing a roadmap of the promising area of social epistemology. He points to the twists and turns on the route to socializing epistemology and clearly labels the major players. But, he also marks the dead-ends and the cul-de-sacs. This is indispensable reading for philosophers, sociologists and science studies academics; Remedios clarifies what is at stake in naturalizing social epistemology and puts the major naturalist camps in conversation.
In Legitimating Scientific Knowledge , Francis Remedios renders a great service. He precisely surveys contemporary philosophical arguments regarding the rationality, cognitive status and legitimation of scientific inquiry.
In Legitimating Scientific Knowledge, Francis Remedios renders a great service. He precisely surveys contemporary philosophical arguments regarding the rationality, cognitive status and legitimation of scientific inquiry.
In this book, Remedios has skillfully accomplished the task of systematically explaining and evaluating the various strands of Fuller's project of social epistemology. Fuller is one of the most prolific scholars and Remedios' book provides a compact, comprehensive introduction to the main contours of his ideas that cut through several disciplines.
Remedios succeeds in systematising Fuller's social epistemology and putting it into its contexts. Remedios has written a helpful starting point for further evaluation and discussion of Fuller's social epistemology.
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The first book to provide an in-depth examination of Steve Fuller's politically oriented social epistemology, Legitimizing Scientific Knowledge compares Fuller's social epistemology with other interest-oriented and truth-oriented social epistemologies. The result is a carefully argued, in-depth analysis of the work of a groundbreaking philosopher of science.
Long Description
The first book to provide an in-depth examination of Steve Fuller's politically oriented social epistemology, Legitimizing Scientific Knowledge compares Fuller's social epistemology with both interest-oriented sociologies of knowledge and truth-oriented analytic social epistemologies. A ground-breaking and controversial philosopher of science, Steve Fuller has devoted much of his work to the issue of scientific authority, examining how it is constructed and how it is appropriated. Fuller is perhaps best known for recommending the political legitimization of scientific knowledge and rationality as an alternative to the traditional epistemological legitimization and to postmodern rejections of the legitimization project. Author Francis Remedios provides important criticisms of Fuller's position and Fuller's responses to philosophical debates, as well as reconstructions of Fuller's arguments. The result is a carefully argued, in-depth analysis of the work of a very important philosopher of science.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Fuller's Social Epistemology and Naturalistic Epistemologyp. 11
Introduction: The Legitimation Projectp. 11
Naturalistic Epistemology as a Response to the Epistemic Circlep. 13
Minimal and Maximal Social Epistemologiesp. 15
Embodiment of Knowledgep. 18
Fuller's Normative Projectp. 20
Interest-Oriented Social Epistemologyp. 29
Introductionp. 29
The Sociology of Knowledgep. 29
Epistemology Socialized--The Strong Programp. 30
The Influence of Wittgenstein on the Strong Programp. 33
The Strong Program and Naturalismp. 34
The Strong Program and Kuhnp. 39
The Strong Program and Relativismp. 40
Criticisms of the Strong Programp. 40
Fuller on Relativismp. 43
Politically Oriented Social Epistemologiesp. 47
Introductionp. 47
Rouse's Criticisms of the Legitimation Projectp. 47
Rouse's Alternative Position: A Deflationary Notion of Scientific Knowledge as Practicep. 49
Fuller's Positionp. 51
Fuller vs. Rousep. 56
Solving the Problem of Epistemic Sovereigntyp. 58
The Role of Norms in Science and Science Policyp. 63
Introductionp. 63
The Problem of Cognitive Biasp. 64
Quine's Engineering Optionp. 65
Fuller's Hypothetically Naturalistic Conception of Normsp. 65
Fuller's Genealogical Account of Epistemic Normsp. 67
Fuller on Kuhn's Antinormativityp. 68
Knowledge Policyp. 71
Fuller's Knowledge Policy Analystp. 74
Two Types of Hypothetical Policy Normsp. 75
Roth's Criticisms of Fuller's Normsp. 76
Rouse's Criticisms of Fuller's Notion of Knowledge Policyp. 78
The Governance of Sciencep. 79
Instrumental Rationality, Success of Science, and Accountability in Sciencep. 85
Introductionp. 85
Instrumental Rationalityp. 86
Arguments against Scientific Realism and Convergent Realism on the Success of Sciencep. 87
Invisible Hand Explanations for the Success of Sciencep. 93
Science Accountingp. 95
Truth-Oriented Social Epistemology and Final Considerationsp. 103
Introductionp. 103
Epistemic Circlep. 104
Epistemic Normsp. 104
Reflexivityp. 106
Comparison to Truth-Oriented Social Epistemologyp. 106
Fuller on Kuhnp. 112
An Amendment to Fuller's Notion of the Knowledge Policy Analystp. 116
Significance of Fuller's Politically Oriented Epistemologyp. 117
Bibliographyp. 123
Indexp. 139
About the Authorp. 143
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