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Making Science: Between Nature and Society

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ISBN-13: 978-0674543478
ISBN-10: 0674543475
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For the general audience, [Making Science] offers a broad analysis of realism and relativism in science and helps shake sociologists out of a simple, positivist view of science, scientists, and their conduct. For specialists in the sociology of science, Cole's new book brings to bear a demanding appraisal of constructivism, and perhaps most consequentially, it demonstrates the need for continuing assessment of science as an occupation, institution, and activity. (Mary Frank Fox Contemporary Sociology)

Presents a wealth of empirical material on the vast scope of anomalies and irregularities in the work of the scientific community. The survey includes a good deal of valuable material originating with the author and his collaborators. (Alexander Vucinich Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences)

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The sociology of science is dominated today by relativists who boldly argue that the content of science is not influenced by evidence from the empirical world but is instead socially constructed in the laboratory. 'Making Science' is the first serious critique by a sociologist of the social constructivist position.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674543475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674543478
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,829,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cole's book is a good account of current perspectives about sociological approaches to science - without prophetism nor milenarism. The author himself tries to criticise both constructivist and positivist approaches regarding a deeper analysis of scietific affairs and its making in the scientific mileu. He also rises interesting analyses about the notion of consensus in both the "research frontier" and the "core knowledge" trying to debunk the comonplace idea that in natural sciences the consensus is higher than in social sciences. I reckon he carries out a serious and interesting critique on some constructivist standpoints... well, just read it.
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