1st Edition

Objectivity, Science and Society
Interpreting nature and society in the age of the crisis of science

ISBN 9780415849074
Published April 9, 2013 by Routledge
466 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1986. This work remains of compelling interest to those concerned with the natural sciences and their social problems. It puts forward original and unorthodox ideas about the philosophy of and sociology of science, starting from the conviction that modern societies face deep problems arising from unresolved dilemmas about the meaning, content and technical applications of the theories of nature they employ. The book draws on insights developed within a variety of traditions to explore these problems, especially the work of Edmund Husserl and modern critical theory.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Sociology of science: Issues and Hypotheses, orientations and disorientations. Part 2: Husserl: Insights and Dilemmas. Part 3: Objectivist Science and Capitalism: The possibility of non-objectivist science. Part 4: The diversity within modern science. Part 5: Introduction to the sociology of objectivity


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Paul Komesaroff is a physician, researcher and philosopher at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethics in Medicine and Society.