Science of Science and Reflexivity
One of the world′s leading social thinkers, Bourdieu′s work has become increasingly influential throughout the social sciences and humanities. In this new book he embarks on a sociological analysis of science and its legitimacy.
Bourdieu argues that that emergence of the social sciences has had the effect of calling in to question the objectivity and validity of scientific activity, by relating it to its historic conditions. It is this relativistic and at times nihilistic interpretation of science that Bourdieu sets out to challenge, in an attempt to combine an accurate vision of the scientific arena with a realist theory of knowledge. The book also offers an elaboration of Bourdieu′s notion of the scientific field and uses it to address a range of issues and debates in the natural and social sciences.
This is a clear and accessible introduction to Bourdieu′s views on science that will appeal to students of sociology, philosophy and the social sciences.
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