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Crystals, Fabrics, and Fields: Metaphors of Organicism in Twentieth-Century Developmental Biology
This detailed history and analysis of the work of biologists Ross G. Harrison, Joseph Needham, and Paul Weiss explores the development of organicism by each. Using Thomas Kuhn's concept of paradigm change as the starting point of her analysis, Donna Haraway emphasizes the role of model, analogy, and metaphor in the paradigm and argues that any fruitful theoretical system i ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 10th 1976 by Yale University Press
(first published 1976)
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not for the lay. this is donna's diss and it is hard, hard science. what I got from it is more raw material for imagining the shared, the utility of analogy. her study of three biologists and how they used metaphor to formalize how we look at how critters start as embryos. i think but am not completely understanding how material-semiotics works, modeled upon poet-scientist goethe
Donna Haraway is known today mostly for her work on theories of the cyborg in feminist discourse and also for her groundbreaking theories on primatology. Her contributions to the general philosophy of science are also highly worthwhile, but what may surprise even some of her fans is that she started her career as a biologist working on concepts of morphology. This book is her doctoral dissertation in biology from Johns Hopkins University and is thankfully availible as a printed book and is fairl ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Joshua Stein rated it liked it · review of another edition
I went into Haraway's book expecting to find something a little closer to an innovative, feminist analysis of embryology using the methods of her approach to Science and Technology Studies. The book wasn't that, and I should've probably tempered the expectation with some awareness of the fact that the book was written fairly early on in her career. With that in mind, the book is a worthwhile read; it gives an engaging account of the history of embryology that is critical of some of the methodolo ...more