Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as If It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture, and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority

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JHU Press, Apr 21, 2010 - History - 552 pages
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Steven Shapin argues that science, for all its immense authority and power, is and always has been a human endeavor, subject to human capacities and limits. Put simply, science has never been pure. To be human is to err, and we understand science better when we recognize it as the laborious achievement of fallible, imperfect, and historically situated human beings.

Shapin’s essays collected here include reflections on the historical relationships between science and common sense, between science and modernity, and between science and the moral order. They explore the relevance of physical and social settings in the making of scientific knowledge, the methods appropriate to understanding science historically, dietetics as a compelling site for historical inquiry, the identity of those who have made scientific knowledge, and the means by which science has acquired credibility and authority.

This wide-ranging and intensely interdisciplinary collection by one of the most distinguished historians and sociologists of science represents some of the leading edges of change in the scholarly understanding of science over the past several decades.

  

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User Review  - Beckydham - Goodreads

There are some interesting essays in here, but it's such a mixed bag. And difficult to read for the most part. Read full review

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User Review  - Brent Ranalli - Goodreads

A collection of miscellany by Steven Shapin, one of the most clear-thinking and innovative scholars of science studies around. I'm not sure I'd recommend every essay in this volume for the general ... Read full review

Contents

A Noble Calling
1
PART I METHODS AND MAXIMS
15
PART II PLACES AND PRACTICES
57
PART III THE SCIENTIFIC PERSON
117
PART IV THE BODY OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF BODY
235
PART V THE WORLD OF SCIENCE AND THE WORLD OF COMMON SENSE
287
PART VI SCIENCE AND MODERNITY
375
Notes
393
Index
541
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Steven Shapin is the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, and his books include Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (with Simon Schaffer), A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England, and The Scientific Revolution. He has written for the New Yorker and writes regularly for the London Review of Books.

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