Science Studies

Dr. Ron Eglash, Fridays 10-12:50, Sage 5711  Instructor:  Ron Eglash

"I believe that the history of struggle... to put together general policies from the analytical, imaginative, and embodied standpoint of those who inhabit too many zones of unfreedom and year toward a more just world shows "impersonal," quantitative knowledge to be a vital dimension of moral, political, and personal reflection and action." -- Donna Haraway

Course Syllabus

Discussion 1/24 Discussion 3/28
Discussion 1/27 Discussion 4/4
Discussion 1/30 Discussion 4/11
Discussion 2/7 Discussion 4/18
Discussion 2/14 Discussion 4/25
Discussion 2/21  
Discussion 2/28  
Discussion 3/7  
Discussion 3/21  



1) Brief philosophy overview part I  

2) Brief philosophy overview part II




Glossary for some terms in philosophy used in STS

The wild life of Imre Lakatos: Imre Lipsckitz changes his name to avoid Hitler's death camps, only to find that his new initials no longer match those on his shirt. This devout communist eventually achieves a post in the Hungarian Ministry of Education, but is then sent to Stalin's prison when he dares question authority. He finally ends up as Karl Popper's student in Cambridge.

 Carnap, Kuhn  and Revisionism: On the Publication of "Structure" in "Encyclopedia" J. C. P. Oliveira: Was Carnap really dismayed by Kuhn's Encyclopedia writings? George Reisch claims otherwise; he has published the letters from Carnap thanking Kuhn for his excellent work. In this essay Oliveria suggests this "revisionism" is an illusion.

Emily Valerio's notes on “Confirmation, Semantics, and the Interpretation of Scientific Theories” by Richard Boyd

Preeminent Scientists Protest Bush

Brief sketch of functionalism/structuralism contrast

Adele Clark on her grad advisor, Anslem Strauss


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