The discourse and practice of science are deeply connected to explicit and implicit narratives of nature. However, nature has been understood in diverse ways by cultures across the world. Could these different views of nature generate the possibility of alternate views on science?
Part of the innovative series Science and Technology Studies, this volume looks at different conceptualizations of nature and the manner in which they structure the practice of the sciences. The essays draw upon philosophy, history, sociology, religion, feminism, mathematics and cultural studies, and establish a dialogue between cultures through a multi-disciplinary exploration of science.
With contributions from major scholars in the field, this volume will deeply interest scholars and students of science and technology studies; sociology, history and philosophy of science; as also environmental studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Post-Humanist ‘Narratives of (non-)Nature’ and the Sciences Stephen Healy 2. Nature, Body and Woman: An Indian Perspective on Value Dualisms Meera Baindur 3. Homosexuality in the West: A Tightrope Walk between Christianity and Science Yiftach Fehige 4. Feminist Philosophy of Science and Postcolonial Science Studies Kathleen Okruhlik 5. Is Food Natural or Cultural? Food, Body and ‘the Social’ in Indian Medical Traditions V. Sujatha 6. Placing and Moving Knowledge: East and West, North and South Stephen Bocking 7. Why did Exchange of Knowledge across Eurasia Generate a Scientific Revolution in the West? Arun Bala 8. Nineteenth-Century Science and Western Materialism Bernard Lightman 9. Eastern Mathematics, Western Mathematics: Shall the Twain Ever Meet? George Gheverghese Joseph 10. Nature of Mathematics and Scientific Knowledge in Indian Tradition M. D. Srinivas 11. See What I Mean? On Developing Norms for the Production and Publication of Scientific Images Letitia Meynell 12. The ‘Relocation’ of Technology between East and West: Stationary Steam Engines and Steamboats in India in the Early Nineteenth Century David Philip Miller 13. The Production and Distribution of Pharmaceutical Clinical Trial Knowledge: Case Studies in the Political Economy of Scientific Knowledge Sergio Sismondo. About the Editors. Notes on Contributors. Index
Jobin M. Kanjirakkat is Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hyderabad, India.
Gordon McOuat is Professor of Humanities at University of King’s College, Halifax, Canada, and Director of Situating Science, Canadian Strategic Knowledge Cluster for the Humanities and Social Studies.
Sundar Sarukkai is Professor and Director at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal University, Manipal, India.