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Scientific Practice and Ordinary Action: Ethnomethodology and Social Studies of Science

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ISBN-10: 0521597420
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Philosophers, historians, and sociologists of science have grown increasingly interested in the daily practices of scientists. Recent studies have drawn linkages between scientific innovations and more ordinary procedures, craft skills, and sources of sponsorship. These studies dispute the idea that science is the application of a unified method or the outgrowth of a progressive history of ideas. The central purpose of this book is to explore the possibility of an empirical approach to the epistemic contents of science that avoids the pitfalls of scientism and foundationalism.
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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521597420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521597425
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,233,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Mike Lynch is a a formidable scholar in the social studies of the sciences. His former book, ART AND ARTEFACT IN LABORATORY SCIENCE, broke new ground in its detailed and precise analysis of exactly how natural scientists (in this case, neuroscientists) go about their business. In this early text, Lynch explored just exactly HOW neurobiologists distinguish between facts and artefacts in Golgi staining operations. But the book went far beyond this technical focus to explore how natural scientists create the domains of intelleigibility which they inhabit. In his subsequent work, SCIENTIFIC PRACTICE AND ORDINARY ACTION, Lynch developed much further his intense analysis of how it is that the 'scientific' is connected to, and dependent upon, 'commonsensical' modes of reasoning and inquiring. A truly original work, with much to recommend it, especially vis-a-vis his critique of pretentious philosophical treatments of similar themes. Controversial, but well worth your attention...
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