Unhastening Science

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Unhastening Science

Autonomy and Reflexivity in the Social theory of Knowledge

Studies in Social and Political Thought, 7


March 1st, 2003

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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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: The Timescape of Science11
2: What (Again) is So Special about Science?35
3: Two Traditions in the Social Theory of Knowledge61
4: The Natural Proximity of Facts and Values84
5: Knowledge Politics and Anti-Politics: Bourdieu on Science and Intellectuals118
6: The Politics of Symmetry140
7: Reflexivity: One Step Up167
8: Intellectual Autonomy and the Politics of Slow Motion189
Epilogue: Weak Social Theory227