Legitimizing Scientific Knowledge

Legitimizing Scientific Knowledge : An Introduction to Steve Fuller's Social Epistemology

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The first book to provide an in-depth examination of Steve Fuller's politically oriented social epistemology, Legitimizing Scientific Knowledge compares Fuller's social epistemology with both interest-oriented sociologies of knowledge and truth-oriented analytic social epistemologies. A ground-breaking and controversial philosopher of science, Steve Fuller has devoted much of his work to the issue of scientific authority, examining how it is constructed and how it is appropriated. Fuller is perhaps best known for recommending the political legitimization of scientific knowledge and rationality as an alternative to the traditional epistemological legitimization and to postmodern rejections of the legitimization project. Author Francis Remedios provides important criticisms of Fuller's position and Fuller's responses to philosophical debates, as well as reconstructions of Fuller's arguments. The result is a carefully argued, in-depth analysis of the work of a very important philosopher of science.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 153 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 16mm | 376g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739106678
  • 9780739106679

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Francis Remedios has done contemporary epistemology a favor by constructing a roadmap of the promising area of social epistemology. He points to the twists and turns on the route to socializing epistemology and clearly labels the major players. But, he also marks the dead-ends and the cul-de-sacs. This is indispensable reading for philosophers, sociologists and science studies academics; Remedios clarifies what is at stake in naturalizing social epistemology and puts the major naturalist camps in conversation. -- Joan Leach, Editor, Social Epistemology By situating Fuller's wide-ranging and complex ideas in contemporary debates in the philosophy of science and epistemology, Remedios provides a remarkably clear synthesis and defense of Fuller's distinctive social epistemology. The author has accomplished a commendable service for scholars interested in studying the social and political aspects of science. -- William Rehg S.J., St. Louis University In this book, Remedios has skillfully accomplished the task of systematically explaining and evaluating the various strands of Fuller's project of social epistemology. Fuller is one of the most prolific scholars and Remedios' book provides a compact, comprehensive introduction to the main contours of his ideas that cut through several disciplines. Canadian Journal of Sociology Remedios succeeds in systematising Fuller's social epistemology and putting it into its contexts. Remedios has written a helpful starting point for further evaluation and discussion of Fuller's social epistemology. Science Studies In Legitimating Scientific Knowledge, Francis Remedios renders a great service. He precisely surveys contemporary philosophical arguments regarding the rationality, cognitive status and legitimation of scientific inquiry. Review Of Metaphysics Remedios' Introduction has done epistemologists a real favour. By systematizing the numerous pronouncements on epistemological matters to be found in Fuller's widely spread oeuvre and attempting a defense of his project on this basis, the foundations of Fuller's so-called social epistemology are exhibited clearly as never before. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
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About Francis Remedios

Francis X. Remedios holds a Ph. D. from the University of Louvain, Belgium.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: Fuller's Social Epistemology and Naturalistic Epistemology Chapter 3 Interest-Oriented Social Epistemology Chapter 4 Politically Oriented Social Epistemologies Chapter 5 The Role of Norms in Science and Science Policy Chapter 6 Instrumental Rationality, Success of Science and Accountability in Science Chapter 7 Truth-Oriented Social Epistemology and Final Considerations
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