Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook

The Cognitive Turn

Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Science

Editors: Fuller, S., de Mey, M., Shinn, T., Woolgar, S. (Eds.)

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If nothing else, the twelve papers assembled in this volume should lay to rest the idea that the interesting debates about the nature of science are still being conducted by "internalists" vs. "externalists,"" rationalists" vs. "arationalists, n or even "normative epistemologists" vs. "empirical sociologists of knowledge. " Although these distinctions continue to haunt much of the theoretical discussion in philosophy and sociology of science, our authors have managed to elude their strictures by finally getting beyond the post-positivist preoccupation of defending a certain division of labor among the science studies disciplines. But this is hardly to claim that our historians, philosophers, sociologists, and psychologists have brought about an "end of ideology," or even an "era of good feelings," to their debates. Rather, they have drawn new lines of battle which center more squarely than ever on practical matters of evaluating and selecting methods for studying science. To get a vivid sense of the new terrain that was staked out at the Yearbook conference, let us start by meditating on a picture. The front cover of a recent collection of sociological studies edited by one of us (Woolgar 1988) bears a stylized picture of a series of lined up open books presented in a typical perspective fashion. The global shape comes close to a trapezium, and is composed of smaller trapeziums gradually decreasing in size and piled upon each other so as to suggest a line receding in depth. The perspective is stylized too.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • The Units of Analysis of Science Studies

    Giere, Ronald N.

    Pages 3-11

  • Contributions of Psychology to an Integrative Science Studies: The Shape of Things to Come

    Shadish, William R. (et al.)

    Pages 13-38

  • Error and Scientific Reasoning: An Experimental Inquiry

    Gorman, Michael E.

    Pages 41-69

  • Scientific Cognition: Hot or Cold?

    Thagard, Paul

    Pages 71-82

  • Tacit Knowledge and the Problem of Computer Modelling Cognitive Processes in Science

    Turner, Stephen P.

    Pages 83-94

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cognitive Turn
Book Subtitle
Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Science
Editors
  • Steve Fuller
  • Marc de Mey
  • T. Shinn
  • Steve Woolgar
Series Title
Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook
Series Volume
13
Copyright
1989
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-7825-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-7825-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-0306-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4049-7
Series ISSN
0167-2320
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 260
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