Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Objectivity in Science

New Perspectives from Science and Technology Studies

Editors: Padovani, Flavia, Richardson, Alan, Tsou, Jonathan Y (Eds.)

  • Is the first Science and Technology Studies collection entirely devoted to this topic
  • Contains original essays on objectivity by Peter Galison, Sandra Harding, Ian Hacking and Alison Wylie
  • Offers a variety of highly relevant scientific and historical case studies
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About this book

This highly multidisciplinary collection discusses an increasingly important topic among scholars in science and technology studies: objectivity in science. It features eleven essays on scientific objectivity from a variety of perspectives, including philosophy of science, history of science, and feminist philosophy. Topics addressed in the book include the nature and value of scientific objectivity, the history of objectivity, and objectivity in scientific journals and communities. Taken individually, the essays supply new methodological tools for theorizing what is valuable in the pursuit of objective knowledge and for investigating its history. The essays offer many starting points, while suggesting new avenues of research. Taken collectively, the essays exemplify the very virtues of objectivity that they theorize—in reading them together, the reader can sense various anxieties about the dangerously subjective in our age and locate commonalities of concern as well as differences of approach. As a result, the volume offers an expansive vision of a research community seeking a communal understanding of its own methods and its own epistemic anxieties, struggling to enunciate the key problems of knowledge of our time and offer insight into how to overcome them.  

About the authors

Flavia Padovani is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Drexel University, Philadelphia. Her research addresses issues in both history and philosophy of science (mainly in the early twentieth century) and general philosophy of science. She is author of articles in journals and collections, and has co-edited several volumes in HPS, including Collected Works of Charles François Sturm (Birkhäuser 2008), Pour comprendre le XIXe: histoire et philosophie des sciences à la fin du siècle (Olschki 2007), and Louis Rougier: vie et œuvre d’un philosophe engagé, 2 vols. (Éditions Kimé 2006-2007).

Alan Richardson is Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.  A Past President of the International Society for the History of the Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), he works mainly on the history of philosophy of science in the twentieth century.  He is author of Carnap’s Construction of the World (Cambridge UP, 1997) and has co-edited several volumes, including Origins of Logical Empiricism (U Minnesota P, 2003), Logical Empiricism in North America (U Minnesota P, 2007), and The Cambridge Companion to Logical Empiricism (Cambridge UP, 2010).

Jonathan Y. Tsou is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Iowa State University. In 2008, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (CHSS); in 2008-2009, he was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Technology Studies in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He has a broad range of research interests in philosophy of science, including philosophy of psychiatry and history of twentieth century philosophy of science. His research has addressed topics such as natural kinds in psychiatry, the social feedback effects of human science classifications, a priori principles in science, and the nature of scientific change. His articles have appeared in journals such as Synthese, Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Perspectives on Science, and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Objectivity in Science

    Tsou, Jonathan Y. (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • Let’s Not Talk About Objectivity

    Hacking, Ian

    Pages 19-33

  • Objectivity for Sciences from Below

    Harding, Sandra

    Pages 35-55

  • The Journalist, the Scientist, and Objectivity

    Galison, Peter

    Pages 57-75

  • The Ethos of Critique in German Idealism

    Steigerwald, Joan

    Pages 79-99

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-14349-1
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Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-14348-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 18, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38293-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Objectivity in Science
Book Subtitle
New Perspectives from Science and Technology Studies
Editors
  • Flavia Padovani
  • Alan Richardson
  • Jonathan Y Tsou
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
310
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-14349-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-14349-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-14348-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38293-7
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 226
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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