Unhastening Science

Autonomy and Reflexivity in the Social theory of Knowledge

Dick Pels

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ISBN: 9780853235989

Publication: March 1, 2003

Series: Studies in Social and Political Thought 7

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This book offers a new account of what makes science special among other human pursuits, critically engaging with a variety of approaches, especially constructivist and relativist studies of science and technology. It focuses on the studied ‘lack of haste’ of science, its relative stress-freeness and its socially sanctioned withdrawal from the swift pace of ordinary life. Unhastening Science offers a balanced and thoughtful argument which emphasises the dangers of cosseting science from the ‘scourge’ of internal competition while at the same time highlighting the need for ‘distance’ between the process of scientific thought and the faster machinery of politics, business, sports, and the media.

Acknowledgements 1. The Timescape of Science 2. What (Again) is So Special about Science? 3. Two Traditions in the Social Theory of Knowledge 4. The Natural Proximity of Facts and Values 5. Knowledge Politics and Anti-Politics: Bourdieu on Science and Intellectuals 6. The Politics of Symmetry 7. Reflexivity: One Step Up 8. Intellectual Autonomy and the Politics of Slow Motion Epilogue: Weak Social Theory Notes Bibliography Index

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

284 Pages

ISBN: 9780853235989

Publication: March 1, 2003

Series: Studies in Social and Political Thought 7

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