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Knowledge and Social Imagery

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The first edition of this book profoundly challenged and divided students of philosophy, sociology, and the history of science when it was published in 1976. In this second edition, Bloor responds in a substantial new Afterword to the heated debates engendered by his book.
Paperback, 211 pages
Published September 24th 1991 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1976)
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Peter
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An intellectual and methodological gem. Bloor argues that science and knowledge are socially constructed and proposes a methodology for a more rigorous history of science that is "symmetrical" -- that is, that treats winners and losers in the same analytical terms.
Mark Bowles
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
A. Synopsis: There are three major goals of this book. First is to describe the strong programme in the sociology of knowledge. Second, to explore a priori arguments and to bring them to the surface. By doing so, sociological hypotheses about science can be stated. Third, to show how mathematics and logic can be treated sociologically. This is the most difficult hurdle for the sociology of science.
B. The strong programme’s four tenets
1. Causal. What are the conditions which bring about belief o
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Joy
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A field-changing book, Bloor insists that scholars must abandon what he calls a teleological history of science in which we pre-judge historical causality based on current scientific knowledge, thereby reducing the history of science into either a chronicling of scientific/natural agency (which historians aren't useful for) or a history of error. To prevent this, Bloor suggests that we treat historical events symmetrically, that is, we use the same techniques of analysis for scientific findings ...more
Kevin Orrman-Rossiter
Challenging ideas, at the same time recommended reading for all science students and scientists.
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