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A House Built on SandExposing Postmodernist Myths About Science$
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Noretta Koertge

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195117257

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195117255.001.0001

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A Plea for Science Studies A Plea for Science Studies Philip Kitcher

A Plea for Science Studies A Plea for Science Studies Philip Kitcher

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(p.32) 3 A Plea for Science Studies Philip Kitcher
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A House Built on Sand
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Philip Kitcher (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195117255.003.0004

This essay contrasts two views of science that are popular in Science Studies: the realist-rationalist approach, and the socio-historical perspective, and calls for an integration of the best features of each. It discusses appeals to the theory-ladenness of observation and the undertermination of theories by evidence. It analyzes the historiographic program of relying on actor’s categories.

Keywords:   science studies, sociology of science, underdetermination, theory-ladenness, actor’s categories, historiography

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