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Beyond Science Wars: The Missing Discourse about Science and Society
Beyond the Science Wars offers a broad contextualization of the Science Wars an ongoing debate between scientists and social scientists over the nature and meaning of science from interdisciplinary sociological, historical, scientific, political, and cultural perspectives. Beyond providing an understanding of the conflict itself, this book presents the comments of two scie ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published August 3rd 2000 by State University of New York Press
(first published July 2000)
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Segerstrale's first article provides a general overview of the Science Wars, and then the proceeding articles seem to represent a late-stage series of entries in the Wars written under a strange sense of retrospection and finality. That is, they act like they're looking back on something that's already finished, but continue to slip in snide remarks and feel entirely bound by the limited epistemological premises of their sides. I found a lot of it really frustrating, particularly material from t ...more
Apr 09, 2011 DoctorM rated it liked it · review of another edition
A collection of essays on the so-called Science Wars of the 1990s that saw "realist" scientists attacking both sociologists of science and postmodern theorists as Dangerous To Society for challenging the status and self-image of science...and, too, for supposedly opening the door to irrationalism and superstition. The essays are generally well-done and thoughtful, though the book lacks a sense of the sheer venom and melodrama in some of the attacks by "anti-antiscence" types. The essays here do ...more