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With a new introduction by the author (emeritus, sociology, Columbia U., New York City), as well as the prefaces from the first edition in 1938 and a 1970 reprint, this classic work established the field of the sociology of science. The focus of the study is the role of Puritanism in unintentionally providing social and cultural support for newly emerging science in ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Howard Fertig
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Brent Ranalli
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This was Merton's doctoral dissertation. Two things to be said about it: First, this work is most famous, or notorious, for its suggestion that the culture/worldview/ethic of Puritanism (Calvinism) facilitated the emergence of modern science. Readers who go back to this, the original text, will see that the hypothesis is framed very modestly, and that religion is only one of several contextual social factors examined. Second, this pioneering sociologist's mastery of primary source material from ...more
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A. Preface 1970
1. The main sociological idea is that social behavior in one sphere (religion & economics) is interdependent with other spheres (science)
2. Use of Sartonian quantitative analysis to generate and test its conclusions
B. Introduction
1. At various points there are shifts in interest from one science to another
2. In 17th England it provides a good study for the shifts and foci of interest in S&T
C. Social Background: Shifts in vocational interest
1. Used the dictionary of
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This was Merton's doctoral dissertation. Two things to be said about it: First, this work is most famous, or notorious, for its suggestion that the culture/worldview/ethic of Puritanism (Calvinism) facilitated the emergence of modern science. Readers who go back to this, the original text, will see that the hypothesis is framed very modestly, and that religion is only one of several contextual social factors examined. Second, this pioneering sociologist's mastery of primary source material from ...more
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A. Preface 1970
1. The main sociological idea is that social behavior in one sphere (religion & economics) is interdependent with other spheres (science)
2. Use of Sartonian quantitative analysis to generate and test its conclusions
B. Introduction
1. At various points there are shifts in interest from one science to another
2. In 17th England it provides a good study for the shifts and foci of interest in S&T
C. Social Background: Shifts in vocational interest
1. Used the dictionary of
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