Philosophers have traditionally construed scientific knowledge as achieved and assessed by individual knowers. Some recent theorists have instead placed greater emphasis upon the epistemic significance of scientific communities, disciplines, or practices and taken seriously the social and cultural context of scientific research. This course examines and assesses some of the more prominent alternatives that emphasize the social dimensions of scientific knowledge, including the sociology of scientific knowledge, social epistemology, feminist science studies, and cultural studies of science. The concept of the social will itself receives critical attention in its purported contrasts to what is individual, natural, rational, or cultural.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS SISP Grading Mode: Student Option
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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