CSI : Kuhn and Latour
Fuller, Steve, 1959-. (2012) CSI : Kuhn and Latour. Social Studies of Science, Vol.42 (No.3). pp. 429-434. ISSN 0306-3127
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I have been always most moved by those whose views I have ended up opposing. I say 'ended up' because the views are typically ones in which I originally invested considerable study and interest. But then a version of the 'familiarity breeds contempt' principle sets in, and my intellectual immune system generates antibodies that ward off later, more virulent strains of such thinkers' thoughts. So fortified, I welcome the opportunity to reflect on the significance of Kuhn (1962) and Latour (1987), who have been influential figures in my thinking about science and technology studies (STS) ever since I began to encounter the field as a graduate student in the early 1980s. In fact, I had read The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (SSR) as part of Columbia University's required general education course, 'Contemporary Civilization', in 1976. As for Latour's work, I first read Laboratory Life in Mary Hesse’s MPhil seminar at Cambridge in 1980, and I remember purchasing my copy of Science in Action (SIA) in the Brunel University bookshop shortly after it came out in 1987. I had been there, I believe, courtesy of early Latour collaborator Steve Woolgar. The trip also coincided with the founding of the journal Social Epistemology at the Taylor & Francis headquarters in London. In both cases, my first impression was very favourable – in a way that did not extend to the rest of their works.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > Q Science (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Kuhn, Thomas S. -- Criticism and interpretation, Latour, Bruno -- Criticism and interpretation, Science -- Philosophy|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Social Studies of Science|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 429-434|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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