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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Science and Society

Studies in the Sociology of Science

Authors: Agassi, Joseph

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"If a science has to be supported by fraudulent means, let it perish. " With these words of Kepler, Agassi plunges into the actual troubles and glories of science (321). The SOciology of science is no foreign intruder upon scientific knowledge in these essays, for we see clearly how Agassi transforms the tired internalistJexternalist debate about the causal influences in the history of science. The social character of the entire intertwined epistemological and practical natures of the sciences is intrinsic to science and itself split: the internal sociology within science, the external sociology of the social setting without. Agassi sees these social matters in the small as well as the large: from the details of scientific communication, changing publishing as he thinks to 'on-demand' centralism with less waste (Ch. 12), to the colossal tension of romanticism and rationality in the sweep of historical cultures. Agassi is a moral and political philosopher of science, defending, dis­ turbing, comprehending, criticizing. For him, science in a society requires confrontation, again and again, with issues of autonomy vs. legitimation as the central problem of democracy. And furthermore, devotion to science, pace Popper, Polanyi, and Weber, carries preoccupational dangers: Popper's elitist rooting out of 'pseudo-science', Weber's hard-working obsessive . com­ mitment to science. See Agassi's Weberian gloss on the social psychology of science in his provocative 'picture of the scientist as maniac' (437).

Table of contents (34 chapters)

Table of contents (34 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science and Society
Book Subtitle
Studies in the Sociology of Science
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
65
Copyright
1981
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-6456-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-6456-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-011-6458-0
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 536
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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