Science and Social Theory

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

  Instructor:  Ron Eglash

Course Syllabus


1) Brief philosophy overview part I  

2) Brief philosophy overview part II

3) SSK overview

4) Semiotics for beginners

5) Microsociology in STS

6) Brief historical overview of Black feminist thought


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


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